Illustrations

  • Illustration: Competition

    Outbidding one's self...
  • Illustration: Thanksgiving, Theft

    Theft, confession and deceit at Thanksgiving.
  • Illustration: Thanksgiving Prayer

    Author unknown
    A prayer of thanks to be given daily.
  • Illustration: Preaching

    J. Michael Shannon
    Terry Fator combines impressions with ventriloquism. He vaulted to fame by winning "America's Got Talent" and received one of the most lucrative contracts in Las Vegas entertainment history.
  • Illustration: Love

    J. Michael Shannon
    In The Book of Babel by Mark Abley, the author says there are 6,000 languages spoken in the world today, but half of them are unlikely to survive into the next century.
  • Sermon Illustration: Kindness

    J. Michael Shannon
    Officer Jeremy Henwood was a well-respected military veteran and police officer. He was killed Aug. 7, 2011, while sitting in his car in an unprovoked attack. Three minutes before the attack, Officer Henwood was getting his food in a McDonald's when a young boy came to the counter short of cash.
  • Illustration: Integrity

    J. Michael Shannon
    In his book The President is a Sick Man, Matthew Alge tells the story of a man who in August of 1893 wrote a story in which he claimed the President of the United States Grover Cleveland had cancer. He went on to tell of a risky and secret operation to the president's jaw performed on a yacht. The man was Elisha Jay Edwards, and his story appeared in the Philadelphia Press.
  • Illustration: Empathy

    J. Michael Shannon
    When we have a hard time understanding people, perhaps we would do well to consider what the French writer Michel Montaigne said in 1533. He wrote, "I never met a man who thought his thinking was faulty."
  • Illustration: God

    J. Michael Shannon
    Jimmy Webb is the composer of some of the most well-known pop songs of all time, including, "Up, Up, and Away," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Galveston," "MacArthur Park" and "Wichita Lineman." Jimmy is the son of a Baptist minister. His family lived in southern California. After his mother's death, Jimmy's father decided to move, but Jimmy wanted to stay and write songs for a living.
  • Illustration: Communication

    J. Michael Shannon
    It has been reported that in 18th century New England there were strict rules about dating and courting. Couples had no privacy and would sit in a room approximately six feet apart with other family members in the room.
  • Illustration: Giving, Stewardship

    What do you do with your money? Are you generous? Do you help family members who have no recourse? What's your response to the church's stewardship committee?
  • Illustration: Value of Teamwork

    There's no I in team, not even a team of horses.
  • Illustration: Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    In a Garfield comic, we see Garfield looking at a December calendar. He says, "It's the holiday season. I just love this time of year. It makes me feel greedy all over."
  • Illustration: Christmas

    J. Michael Shannon
    Carolina County magazine once asked readers to send in stories of memorable Christmases. Revonda Starnes told one of the most memorable stories. Revonda was raised by her great-grandmother in severe poverty. She grew up being confused as to why Santa visited everyone else, but not her.
  • Illustration: Future, Predictions

    Teachers of small children here it all...and sometimes their encouragement backfires, unless they have a sense of humor and can laugh off what can pop into children's minds.
  • Illustration: Encouragement

    What can encouragement and affirmation do? If you want to see someone's work or attitude improve, read more here.
  • Illustration: Conflict, Marriage

    Bob was telling his friend that he and his wife had a serious argument the night before. "But it ended," Bob said, "when she came crawling to me on her hands and knees."
  • Illustration: Humility

    At the state funeral of Ronald Reagan, the story was told of the time Reagan was in the hospital, recovering from the attempt on his life. An aide entering the room was alarmed to find him on hands and knees, wiping up some water he had spilled from the sink. "Mr. President!" exclaimed the aide, "We have people for this." Reagan simply replied that he didn't want the nurses getting into trouble because of water on the bathroom floor.
  • Illustration: Ego, Arrogance, Humility

    The famous actor Gregory Peck once was standing in line with a friend, waiting for a table in a crowded Los Angeles restaurant. They had been waiting for some time; the diners seemed to be taking their time eating, and new tables weren't opening up very fast.
  • Illustration: Truth, Lawyers

    Stanford Research Institute was studying the differences in vocational perceptions. They devised a short but succinct test. The first to be tested was an engineer. The researchers asked him: “What does two plus two make?” The engineer simply said, “In absolute terms: four.”