Don’t give up (Illustration)

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried disparately for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided that the animal was very old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just was not worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. Everyone grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening Continue reading →

Servanthood (Illustration)

1. A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants. Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, Continue reading →

In the likeness of Christ (Illustration)

There is a story about a man who had a huge stone in his front yard. He grew weary of this big, unattractive stone in the center of his lawn and decided to take advantage of it and turn it into an object of art. He began to work on it with his hammer and chisel and chipped away at the huge boulder until it became a beautiful stone elephant. When he finished, it was an exquisite piece of art crafted magnificently. A neighbor asked, Continue reading →

God is in control (Illustration)

A bear cub was playing in the jungle as a lion spotted him. The bear cub froze in fear and saw the lion slowly approaching him. As the lion came 15 feet near, the lion suddenly stopped, the lion got afraid and ran away. The bear was proud that he could scare the Lion. I am very powerful but when he turned back he saw his mamma right behind him. The lion was not afraid of the cub but was afraid of who was backing Continue reading →

Rise above the storm (Illustration)

Do you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds Continue reading →

Boasting (Illustration)

1. Muhammad Ali, the great wrestler was never known for being a kind person. Once he was on an airplane and he often said, “I’m the greatest.” The airhostesses looked at him and saw he didn’t have his seatbelt fastened. She said to him, “Mr. Ali, you’ll have to fasten your seatbelt.” Ali responded, “Superman don’t need seatbelt.” The hostess then replied, “Superman don’t need airplane either.” Now, look at William Carey, often referred to as the father of the modern missionary movement. He was a Continue reading →

I know everything (Illustration)

A 10th standard dropout took a first aid course, and was so proud of his accomplishment in completing it. Soon as he was travelling, he came upon an accident in which a person was injured. He rushed over to where the injured person was being attended to by a woman, and took charge. He shoved everybody aside, including the woman, and said, “Give me room. I’ve just finished a first aid course and I know what to do.” He knelt down beside the injured person Continue reading →

Relationship Essentials (Illustration)

Cliff Barrows says that there are 12 words that are absolutely essential for a good marriage. Here they are: I was wrong, I am sorry, Please forgive me, I love you. Any relationship he says has to have those 12 words in it or it simply won’t work. If you have a husband who is so proud that he will never say, “I was wrong,” & you have a wife who is so proud that she will never say, “I’m sorry,” and if you have Continue reading →

Reconciliation (Illustration)

There were two brothers who lived on adjoining farms, but they had a deep quarrel. They had often shared their resources, but that practice stopped; and there was nothing left but bitterness. One day the younger brother hired a bulldozer and built a creek between the two properties. In a few days the older brother took the carpenter to where the two properties met and showed him how the other brother had taken a bulldozer and created a creek where the meadow used to be. Continue reading →

Criticism (Illustration)

There is a story about a guy who went to a musical. And while the soprano was singing he turned to the man sitting next to him and said, “That’s horrible. That is really bad.” The man said, “That’s my wife.” Quickly the guy said, “Oh, her voice is just fine. I wasn’t talking about that. It’s the material. The song she is singing is terrible. It’s just not right for her.” The man said, “I wrote it.”