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And You Thought You Had Problems

A man was working on his motorcycle on his backyard patio while his wife worked in the kitchen. The man was racing the engine and somehow the motorcycle slipped into gear. The motorcycle smashed through the patio door, dragging the surprised man, who was still clinging to the handle bars.

The wife ran into the dining room to find her husband lying on the floor, bleeding. She ran to the phone and called 911 for an ambulance, explaining that because they lived on a fairly large hill, she would come down the several flights of long steps to the street to direct the paramedics to her husband.

After the ambulance arrived and transported the husband to the hospital, the wife uprighted the motorcycle and pushed it outside. Seeing that gas had spilled on the floor, the wife got some paper towels, blotted up the gasoline and, not knowing what else to do with them, threw them into the toilet.

After arriving home later that evening, the husband looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle. He became despondent and went into the bathroom, sat on the toilet and smoked a cigarette. After finishing the cigarette, he flipped it between his legs into the toilet bowl.

The wife heard a loud explosion and ran into the bathroom to find her husband lying on the floor, burned in the worst possible places. Once again, the wife ran to the phone and called for an ambulance. The paramedics loaded the husband on the stretcher and began carrying him to the street.

While they were going down the stairs to the street, one of the paramedics asked the wife how her husband had burned himself. When she answered, the paramedics carrying the man started laughing so hard, one of them tipped the stretcher and dumped the husband out. He fell down the remaining steps and broke his ankle.

Sometimes we get focused on how bad things are or how bad we have it. But did you ever stop to think just how good things are and how good you have it? It's something to think about!

For His Cause, 
Tim Woodward