Illustrations

  • Illustration: Excellence, Commitment, Work

    The difference in the two approaches is the difference between working man's way and working God's way; working in light of the end of the day versus working in light of the end of life; working for immediate rewards versus working for ultimate rewards.
  • Illustration: Fathers, Fathers Day

    We tend to go through various stages in our relationships with our fathers. Click here to read how our perspective of Dad changes with age.
  • Illustration: Fathers – Importance of

    According to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, a father's involvement with a child increases the child's IQ, the child's motivation to learn and the child's self-confidence. In addition, children with involved dads are more likely to develop a sense of humor as well as an "inner excitement."
  • Illustration: Rivalry

    After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.
  • Illustration: Knowledge, Deception

    Computerworld Daily Shark
    The regional manager at a retail chain forgets his first laptop on a store counter. When he returns, it's gone; so he reports it stolen. That night, he got a phone call from a person saying he was a police officer and they caught a man with his laptop. The officer said the manager's business card was taped to the laptop, and if he knew the laptop's password, the officer would know it was his. The manager gave him the password. The officer said thank you and hung up.
  • Illustration: Lawyers, Trial, Sleep

    A lawyer was well into a lengthy cross-examination when he stopped and said, "Your honor, a juror is asleep."
  • Illustration: Politicians, Pests

    A tourist walks into a curio shop in San Francisco. Looking around at the exotica, he notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat. It has no price tag, but is so striking he decides he must have it.
  • Illustration: Priorities, Possessions

    Bill Bouknight
    Charles Lindbergh became an instant hero in 1927 when he became the first flyer to make a Trans-Atlantic solo flight. A reporter asked him just before take-off why he was taking only five sandwiches and container of water with him. Lindbergh replied, “If I get to Paris, I won’t need any more, and if I don’t get to Paris I won’t need any more.”
  • Illustration: Marriage, Forgiveness

    Turning Point Daily Devotional
    On her golden wedding anniversary, a grandmother revealed the secret of her long and happy marriage. "On my wedding day, I decided to choose 10 of my husband's faults, which (for the sake of our marriage) I would overlook," she explained. A guest asked her to name some of the faults. "To tell the truth," she replied, "I never did get around to listing them; but whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I would say to myself, 'Lucky for him that's one of the 10.'"
  • Illustration: Urgency, Speed

    A New York boy was being led through the swamps of Louisiana by his cousin. The city boy asked, "Is it true that an alligator won't attack you if you carry a flashlight?"
  • Illustration: Humility

    Ken Blanchard points out, “Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.”
  • Illustration: Christian Life

    Billy D. Strayhorn
    Ben Kingsley starred as the main character in the motion picture Gandhi. He spent months preparing for the role, visiting the various Indian locales Gandhi had frequented. He even learned to spin cotton thread on a wooden wheel while holding conversations as Gandhi did. The physical resemblance between Gandhi and Kingsley was almost startling.
  • Illustration: Knowledge

    From the Daily Dilly
    A manufacturing plant was in full swing one day. The company's massive machine was humming along, taking in the raw materials at one end and churning out the finished product at the other. Suddenly, the machine stopped and ground to a halt. Workers climbed all over it like ants to get it started again. The plant's manager stormed out of his office to find out why his multi-million-dollar machine wasn't making him any money. He listened to his people saying they couldn't figure it out, and he told them to call a technician.
  • Illustration: Salvation, Heart

    What does a new heart cost? According to the May 16, 2010 issue of The New York Times Magazine, a new heart costs $864,700 to “procure, transplant and maintain with imnosuppressant drugs.”
  • Illustration: Children, Parents

    One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"
  • Illustration: Students, God's Provision

    The Lord is my real instructor and I shall not want. He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me. He gently reminds me to pray before I speak and to do all things without murmuring and complaining. He reminds me that He is my Salvation and not my school. He restores my sanity every day and guides my decisions that I might honor Him in everything I do.
  • Illustration: Talent, Worth

    A tourist was admiring the necklace worn by a local Indian. "What is it made of?" she asked. "Alligator's teeth," the Indian replied.
  • Sermon Illustration: Judgment

    This story appeared in the May 10, 2010, edition of the "Turning Point Daily Devotional": Recently a young man in suburban Chicago tried to escape during his trial, as he'd seen done many times on television. While being led out of the courtroom, he burst free, ran across a walkway, and tried to leap through a window. The bulletproof glass didn't break, and the man bounced off, landing on the floor where he promptly was rearrested, this time in worse trouble than ever.
  • Illustration: Calories, Health

    A husband took his young daughter to the grocery store to help him buy groceries. In addition to the healthy items on his wife's carefully prepared list, the two of them returned home with a package of sugar-filled cookies.
  • The God of Small Treasures

    Calvin Miller
    In a sermon by Calvin Miller, he delivered this message: “I doubt if I would even stop to pick up a penny, and yet that which was not to be treasured by me was clearly celebrated by the child. I have been overwhelmed time and again by what seems to be God’s sense of wonder. Treasuring the seemingly worthless is somehow like our God.”