I was recently driving all night to get to a far-away destination. By morning I still had some distance to travel, but was getting very tired. I decided to stop at the next city I came to and park somewhere quiet to catch an hour or two of sleep.

Unfortunately, the quiet place I chose happened to be one of the city's major jogging routes. No sooner had I settled back to snooze when there was a knock on my window. Upon looking out I saw a jogger running in place, eager to ask me a question.


"Excuse me, sir," the jogger said, "do you have the time?"

I looked at the car clock and answered, "8:15." The jogger said thanks and left.

I settled back again, and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window... and another jogger.

"Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?"

"8:25," I answered as nicely as I could, but I was getting frustrated. The jogger said thanks and left.

Now I could see other joggers passing by and I knew it was only a matter of time before another disturbed my much needed rest. To avoid the problem, I got out a pen and paper and put a sign in my window that read, "I do not know the time."

I had just fallen back to sleep when there was another knock on the window.

"Sir, sir? It's 8:45!" **********************************************************

I learned my lesson the hard way that day: be truthuful! I replaced the sign with a "Sleeping, please do not disturb" note, and slept much better:)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. -Philippians 4:8

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