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Everything I Really Need To Know I Learned From Noah’s Ark

My friend Christine from London, U.K. sent me by e-mail the following wonderful article by an anonymous author. It has enhanced my Lenten reflection. It is worth sharing. So, here it is: noah's ark

1. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

2. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something Really big.

3. Don’t listen to critics. Do what has to be done.

4. Build on the high ground.

5. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

6. Two heads are better than one.

7. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.

8. If you can’t fight or flee–float.

9. Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.

10. Don’t forget that we’re all in the same boat.

11. When the doo-doo gets really deep, don’t sit there and complain–shovel!

12. Stay below deck during the storm.

13. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs & the Titanic was built by professionals.

14. If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.

15. Remember that the woodpeckers INSIDE are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.

16. No matter how bleak it looks, there’s always a rainbow on the other side.


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  1. Very nice indeed. Not to be out of line here, but I have always wondered, even as a child, how bad the inside of the Ark must have smelled. Is it only me?

  2. Good thing Noah didn’t listen to his critics, huh? I enjoyed shoveling the doo-doo part, Eli, good advice, and funny!

  3. Beautiful!

    Thanks for once again sharing these beautiful thoughts to live by, Atty. Nothing but the best from you, as always.

    BTW, I’d like to thank you for putting up my blogoversary 125 X125 avatar on your side bar. It means so much to me 🙂

  4. Wonderful! Worth pondering. All points are great.

    I just need to say something on “1. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”
    – It was the Almighty God who gave Noah the instructions so as to prepare them for the great flood. God’s love is unfathomable and He does not want his people to perish. Many were called during that time but only few chose to listen.

    “13. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs & the Titanic was built by professionals.”
    – It was not about the skills of Noah and his sons . It was more of God’s power and provisions to them. The negative thing about the people who built the Titanic was that they thought highly of themselves as they mentioned the colossal ship as “the unsinkable ship that even God could not sink it”… and IT SANK. We are just a mist in this world and we only live by the grace of God.

    Have a blessed holy week and a Happy Easter Sunday to all! :D.

  5. I lost a good friend a few years ago. We both studied children’s literature in college. John Scabrini had a wonderful sense of humor, sometimes irreverent, but always harmless. He, after long soul searching decided to become a cartoonist. That created a lot of humor all by itself. Your article brought to mind a cartoon John drew. It’s a simple little drawing, Noah is leaning over the side of the ark with a fishing pole bobbing in the water. His wife watching from the other side of the boat yells to him, “Be careful Honey, we only have two worms!” That was the caption. I miss my friend.

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