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Talking tickets (02/13/2011)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Going through one of my old files we discovered this note about an Australian named Ken Leal. For years, he printed all the bus and train tickets for South Australia. He always put a little statement on the tickets he printed. He was the president of the printing company and the superintendent of the largest Sunday school in South Australia. Here are a few statements found on the bus and train tickets he printed.

“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in awhile.”

-”You can learn many things from children, for instance, how much patience you have.”

-”The first handshake in life is the best of all: the clasp of an infant fist around a parent’s finger.”

Here is one for the many people who find themselves on the “police blotter”:

-”Don’t drive like you own the road. Drive as if you own the car.”

And for the lady in your house: “Discretion is when you are sure you are right, but still ask your wife.”

-”A good laugh is sunshine in a house.”

Ken Leal did not hesitate to let people know about his Christian faith. Sometimes it was expressed in unorthodox ways. “Science has created a world in which Christianity is imperative!” He would say “Many people wish to serve God, but in an advisory capacity only.” “God estimates us not by the position we are in but by the way we fill it.” And for those where natural disaster has struck he would say: “earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

Some people objected to the “Talking Tickets” but many bus riders and train travelers picked up on them, repeated them and learned from them. You might want to order this book called “Talking Tickets” edited by Dorothy O’Neil and published by ACTS International, Adelaide Australia.

Just a final thought. Our Lord and the Apostles did not travel by bus or train but “on foot” and they put out many practical suggestions. They touched many people on their way through this wayward world, with the love of God they found in the face of Jesus Christ. So, we who are on our way are to show others the way. And because almighty God has smiled on us in our life we should tell that story, His story, and walk in His way. We who enjoy His smile instead of a frown should pass it on to others as He gives us the ability and opportunity to do so.

Ken Leal said it this way: “a smile is a curve that sets a lot of things straight.” He also said, “Do unto others as though you were the others.” Did not someone who said He was “the Way” say that very sort of thing when He made his way through this world a couple of thousand years ago? Sine cera



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