Are You Real?

 

The famous actor Robert Redford was walking one day through a hotel lobby. A woman saw him and followed him to the elevator. “Are you the real Robert Redford?” she asked him with great excitement. As the doors of the elevator closed he replied, “Only when I am alone!”

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The Praying Hypocrite

I knelt to pray when day was done,
And prayed, “Lord, bless everyone;
Lift from each heart the pain,
And let the sick be well again.”

And then I woke again one day,
And carelessly went on my way;
The whole day long I did not try
To wipe a tear from any eye.

I did not try to share the load.
Of any brother on the road;
I did not even go to see
The sick man just next door to me.

Yet once again when every day was done,
I prayed, “Lord, bless everyone.”
But as I prayed to my ear
Came a voice that whispered dear,

“Pause, hypocrite, before you pray;
Whom have you tried to bless today?
God’s sweetest blessings always go,
By hands that serve Him here below.”

And then I hid my face and cried,
“Forgive me Lord, for I have lied;
Let me but live another day,
And I will live the way I pray.”

-The Bulletin

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