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Pick a black or white pebble

Pick a black or white pebble

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

What would you have done if you were the girl?

If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:


1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.

3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking.


Read on…

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an advantageous one.




 Most complex problems do have a solution,

sometimes we have to think about them in a different way.




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An ant and a grasshopper

An ant worked hard in the sweltering heat all summer,

 building its nest and laying up supplies for the winter.A grasshopper thought the ant was stupid

not knowing how to enjoy life. It spent its days laughing,

singing & dancing thoroughly enjoying the summer.




Came winter, the ant was warm, comfortable

and had no shortage of food.




The grasshopper had no proper shelter,

no stored food, and couldn’t find anything

to eat from the snow-covered ground.

So it died and the story ended.  


Be responsible for yourself!



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The pastor and his wife

On a Saturday night several weeks ago, this pastor was working late, and
decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM,
but his wife didn’t answer the phone.

The pastor let the phone ring many times. He thought it was odd that she
didn’t answer, but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a
few minutes. When he tried again she answered right away. He asked her
why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at
their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office,
which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he
spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night.
The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about. Then the
man said, ‘It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.’ The pastor remembered
the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d
intended to call his wife.

The man said, ‘That’s, OK. Let me tell you my story.
You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before
I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this,
give me a sign now.’ At that point my phone started to ring. I looked at
the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer!’
The reason why it showed on the man’s caller ID that the call came from
‘Almighty God’ is because the church that the pastor attends is called
Almighty God Tabernacle!!If you believe that God answers prayers then pass this on. God bless!

Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear.
Don’t cry over anyone who won’t cry over you.
Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to
Don’t let the past hold you back, you’re missing the good stuff.
BEST FRIENDS are the siblings God forgot to give us.
When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead, you can
look beside you and your BEST FRIEND will be there.
Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.
Send this on to everyone special in your life, even the people who
really make you mad sometimes and to the people whose lives you want to
be in!!!

And send it back to the person who sent it to you if they mean something
to you!! Remember, every minute spent angry is sixty seconds of
happiness wasted.
Just send this to as many people you want and see what happens on the fourth day.
Do not break this, please. There is no cost, but lots of rewards…


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The doctor and a woman

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: \’Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 yr. old and I\’m pregnant again. I don\’t want kids so close together.\’


So the doctor said: \’Ok and what do you want me to do?\’
She said:
\’I want you to end my pregnancy, and I\’m counting on your help with this.\’
The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady:
\’I think I have a better solution for your problem.  It\’s less dangerous for you too.\’ She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.
Then he continued:
\’You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let\’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born.  If we\’re going to kill one of them, it doesn\’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.’
The lady was horrified and said:
\’No doctor! How terrible! It\’s a crime to kill a child! \’I agree\’, the doctor replied. \’But you seemed to be ok with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’  The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.


He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that\’s already been born and one that\’s still in the womb.

The crime is the same!

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