A minister walked into his church office and found his eager young assistant minister had emptied a huge box of various teaching resources that had been sent to the church, including a Noah’s Ark for the very young children. The assistant had most of the animals lined up along the desk, and he was searching for more. “Whatever are you doing?” asked the minister in bewilderment.
The assistant minister looked up eagerly. “The box clearly said: ‘Do not use if seal is broken’. So – I’m looking for the seal.”
Ministry on ice
As a chaplain to the local hospital, I sometimes get called out early. In a rush to work one morning, with no time for breakfast, I pulled up to the drive-through window at a fast-food restaurant, determined to at least grab some coffee. Because I was in a hurry, I asked them to put a couple of ice cubes in the coffee so it would cool down more quickly and I could drink it faster. I sat there at the pick-up window for a few minutes, wondering where they had to go to get my coffee, when a frustrated teenager finally came up and said, “I’m sorry for the delay, but the ice you wanted in your coffee keeps melting!”
A dog’s life
A couple had gone to their minister for counseling because their marriage was in trouble. The husband began by complaining that he led a dog’s life at home. To the minister’s surprise, the wife immediately agreed. “After all, he rushes into the house with muddy feet, tracks across my clean floors, barks at nothing, growls at his food and makes himself comfortable on the best furniture. Then he falls asleep and snaps at you if you disturb him.”