Mrs. Baker, a fifth grade teacher, observed a student in her class during a True/False test, flipping a coin and then choosing an answer.
Mrs. Baker thought to herself, “Hah! Norman didn’t study again.”
This answer selection method continued throughout the entire test.
After Norman was obviously finished, Mrs. Baker again watched Norman flipping the coin and continuing through the test a second time.
“Norman, what are you doing now?” asked Mrs. Baker.
Norman replied, “I’m doing what you always tell us to do! I’m checking my answers!”
A pastor was doing his children’s sermon with all the youngsters down front to hear the lesson.
He was discussing the story of Jonah. He quoted the scriptures from Jonah 1 and 2: “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying ‘I called to the Lord our of my distress and He answered me.’ … and the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land” (Jonah 1:17; 2:2, 10).
When the pastor finished the quotation, he started trying to solicit input from the youngsters to help him complete his mini-sermon. He asked thoughtfully, “What does the fish vomiting Jonah out on dry land indicate to us today?”
One of the youngsters spoke with great enthusiasm for the entire congregation to hear, “It proves that even a fish can’t stomach a bad preacher!”