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Posted by Faron Franklin on Saturday, March 7, 2009 Under: Faron's Footnote


Ever been in a conversation with someone and the discussion becomes dull?   Well the next time that happens just throw in some of these interesting facts and it might lead to a more interesting topic:

Did you know the reason old-time firehouses had circular stairways and/or brass poles?    The horses kept to pull the fire engines were always stabled on the ground floor.   The horses kept figuring out how to walk up regular staircases.

A duck's quack doesn't echo — and nobody knows why.


Look at this math problem.  Amazing how it works out, huh?


 x 111,111,111 123,456,789,987,654,321

The term "the whole nine yards" comes from World War II fighter pilots in the Pacific.   Ammunition belts for the .50-caliber machine guns in their planes measured twenty-seven feet long when unrolled on the ground for fitting with bullets.  If a pilot fired all his ammo on a run, an enemy got "the whole nine yards."

If you have one half-dollar, one quarter, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19.  You also have the largest amount of money one can have in coins without being able to make change for a nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, or dollar.

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English alphabet.

The position of the legs on a park statue tells you how the person died.   If the horse has both front legs in the air, its rider died in battle; if one front leg is in the air, the person died from wounds received in battle; if all four legs are in contact with the ground, the person honored by the statue died of natural causes.

Interesting, huh?  Did you learn anything new?  I am sure that you know somebody you can impress with some of the above facts?   The term for these collective tidbits of information is "trivia."   The stuff of which great game

shows are made.

I suspect that a lot of us squander away our lives away on trivia.  You know, moral and spiritual trivia.  We spend our days investing our lives into things that really does not matter and then toward its end we feel regret, disappointment, and heartache.

Maybe we're too much into trivia---success, quotas, money, and awards.   And too little into what really matters---people and the God in whose image they are created. Who wants there epitaph to read: "He put in more overtime than anybody"? or “She had it all and never knew it.” 


What is it that really matters in your life?   God, family, and church are wonderful goals to make top priority.  Yet, there is another question that you must ask:   Is your life consistent with what matters in your life?  If your relationship with God is considered precedence, do you make sure you attend worship and Bible study?   Do you regularly read your Bible and pray? 


The dictionary defines a hypocrite as someone who “pretends to be better than he really is or to be pious, virtuous without really being so.”  A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does the opposite.

One of the main reasons people have double standards is that they desire to have the best of both worlds. They go to church on Sundays and as soon as they walk out the door, they go back to living their “regular” lives.

We need to begin practicing what matters in our life.   By doing so, we need to live consistent with those important issues we want to shine in our final days. 

As you go through life, enjoy your achievements and their rewards. But don't major in trivia. The real stuff of living is people — and learning to love them.   That, my friend, is true religion.

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Faron Franklin
Mcdonald, Pa
Faron Franklin