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Illustration: Pride, Identity

It seems the University of Tennessee coach bought a bolt of cloth thinking he would have a suit made. He took the material to his tailor in Knoxville where the tailor measured him, examined the bolt of cloth, did some computations on a piece of paper, and said, "I'm sorry, coach, there just isn't enough material in this bolt to make a suit for you." The coach was disappointed, but he threw the bolt of cloth in the trunk of his car, wondering what he was going to do with it.

A couple of weeks later he was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., -- the home of the Crimson Tide -- arch enemies of the Vols. He was on his way to the coast for a vacation. Driving down the main street in Tuscaloosa, he noticed a tailor shop, which reminded him that he had that bolt of cloth in the trunk. He stopped, thinking he would give it a try. He told the tailor he had bought this bolt of cloth and wondered if he could do anything with it. The tailor measured him, measured the bolt of cloth, did some computations.

Finally he said, "Coach, I can make you a suit out of this bolt. What's more, I can make you an extra pair of pants. If you really want it, I can give you a vest out of this, too."

The coach was dumbfounded. "I don't understand," he said. "My tailor in Knoxville told me he couldn't even make one suit out of this bolt of cloth."

The tailor said, "Coach, here in Tuscaloosa, you are not nearly as big a man as you are in Knoxville."
 
I tell the story to make the point that things are not always what they seem.

(Maxie Dunnam, Collected Sermons)