ECHO FROM ETERNITY
Vince Foster served as deputy counsel to President Bill Clinton until the night of July 20, 1993, when he allegedly committed suicide in a Washington, D.C. park.
Controversy has swirled around the circumstances of his death to this day.
Regardless of where you come down on that issue, I want to share something related to it that I think you’ll find interesting. Just eight weeks before his death, Foster was asked to speak to students graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law. This is what he told the students on that occasion:
“A word about family. You have amply demonstrated that you are achievers willing to work hard, long hours and set aside your personal lives. But it reminds me of that observation that no one was ever heard to say on a deathbed: ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’ Balance wisely your professional life and your family life. If you are fortunate to have children, your parents will warn you that your children will grow up and be gone before you know it. I can testify that it is true. God only allows us so many opportunities with our children to read a story, go fishing, play catch, and say our prayers together. Try not to miss a one of them.”
Foster’s words now echo back to us from eternity. To paraphrase his message:
While you’re climbing the ladder of success, don’t forget your own family.
Just answer this…would you come out of your snug home for a guaranteed way to stop the fighting and bickering between your kids…or, to get your kids to do what you ask the first time (without screaming at the top of your lungs)?
If your answer is yes, we have a great deal for you! We’re bringing the nationally acclaimed Smart Discipline workshop to the Waynedale United Methodist Church. You’ll learn guaranteed ways to sky-rocket self-esteem (even in negative kids) and proven techniques to get your kids to cooperate!
Sounds absolutely wonderful, doesn’t it? We hope you will treat yourself and join the fun. Sponsored by the Waynedale United Methodist Church.
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2002
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Waynedale United Methodist Church
2501 Church Street
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