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How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Day (standard:Inspirational stories, 902 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jun 18 2012Views/Reads: 1452/786Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Speaking of good days, and who isn't these days, I am looking forward to two in a row. I know it may be wishful thinking on my part, but a person has to do something with his time.

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"Can I to help please you?" the voice in the phone repeated. 

I may not be the sharpest pencil in the box but I knew I was talking to
someone as familiar with the English language as a politician is to the 

"Is there anyone there," I pled, "who speaks English?" 

"Ah, yes, I to speak berry goot English. Can I to help please you?" 

So, I threw caution to the wind and explained the mix-up on my bill. 

"Aaah, I understand. This is billing problem. I transfer you to billing

For the next 20 minutes, I was treated, and I say this with tongue
firmly planted in my cheek, to a musical interlude. It was elevator 
music; it raised my blood pressure. 

For the next three hours, I went from pillar to post in the telephone
department and got no nearer to solving my telephone-billing mix-up. 

One of the problems with being a minister is you are not allowed to
swear. By 2:30 in the afternoon, I had an overwhelming urge to swear. 
My difficulty was simply, I could not think of any swear words to use 
and "ah, fiddlesticks" does not seem to carry much significance in such 

By 4 that afternoon, I still had no solution to my billing problem. I
had exhausted all my options, not to mention my patience, and nothing 
to show for it. All I wanted to do was pay my bill. 

Through my experience with the telephone company, I was reminded of one
of my favorite verses from the Bible. "Call unto me, and I will answer 
thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." 
(Jeremiah 33:3 KJV.) 

It is comforting to know that God is only a prayer away. 


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