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What a Difference a Dot Makes!

Richard Lederer, author of The Play of Words, asks you which of the following, nearly identical "Dear John" letters you would prefer to receive:

Dear John,
I want a man who knows what love is.  All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you.  Admit to being useless and inferior, John.  You have ruined me.  For other men, I yearn.  For you, I have no feelings whatsoever.  When we're apart, I can be forever happy.  Will you let me be?
Yours, Gloria

Dear John,
I want a man who knows what love is all about.  You are generous, kind, thoughtful.  People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior, John.  You have ruined me for other men.  I yearn for you.  I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart.  I can be forever happy.  Will you let me be?
Yours, Gloria

I would rather have the second if I were John, wouldn't you?  The difference is not in the words, but only in the punctuation, the positioning of a dot or a comma.  Brother or Sister, you can be the "dot" that changes another person's life.  Your influence may appear small, but, if you position yourself properly, you can make the difference in other's eternal destiny.

That is what is so exciting about inviting people to visit the congregation.  You never know but that the next person you ask will say, "YES!" and become a "dot" themselves.  Keep that in mind as you seek to reach those in our community for Christ!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ