Action Sermon Illustrations

Action Sermon Illustrations

When the Pennsylvania west-bound train on which I was traveling stopped recently at Altoona before beginning the ascent of the mountains, I saw in the yards there many powerful engines, their bunkers filled with coal, steam up, smoke issuing from the stacks, fires glowing under the boilers, and engineer and firemen at their posts. The engines were ready to go into action. They had been fueled and fired and manned for action—and they did go into action, pulling the long trains over the mountains.

Too often in human life enthusiasm is aroused, emotion is stirred, noble goals are glimpsed, high purposes are entertained; but no action follows. Nothing is done about it. The splendid enthusiasms are wasted, and the emotions are dissipated. The soul has not capitalized on what it desired, but did not will.—Clarence E. Macartney


Now is the time for all good men to come to.—The Chap Book


There are two kinds of people; those who want to get things done and those who want to be right.—Archibald McLeish


Can you imagine Moses or Jesus having "Brainstorming Sessions" to pound out the "Ten Commandments" or deciding what miracles should be performed?

The fad of group thinking has been carried to ridiculous extremes. In one Illinois institution the inmates decide on who shall receive passes and other matters. It is a sad commentary that administrators value the opinions of inmates higher than their own. —Jack Staehle


It is better to be idle than busy about nothing.—Antrus


Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.—Palm Marshall


If you have a task to do, lad, do it.
Do not daily half a day; get through it.
Do not mix your work with play,
Do not loiter by the way;
Go and do it right away, lad—do it.


Father Georges Pire, for all his idealism, is an intensely practical man. "It's better to get one little apple tree well planted," he says, "than a thousand trees in a dream orchard."—George Kent, "He Speaks to the Europe of the Heart," Catholic World


"The time to begin anything is now, so do it today. Perhaps you will say you are not ready, that you must give some additional thought to your proposed undertaking. Well, do it today. Begin now. The things you put off are never done. Someone has wisely observed that we cannot change yesterday, nor begin on tomorrow until it is here. So all that is left for you and for me is to make every today the best that can be. When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you will be on the highway to success, because you will be using your todays in the best you know how, and your tomorrows will be rich with promise. Begin now!"—John H. Stoke


When, against one's will, one is high-pressured into making a hurried decision, the best answer is always "No" because "No" is more easily changed to "Yes" than "Yes" is changed to "No."—Charles E. Nielson, Forbes


The other day I flew over the Okefenokee Swamp. We were down low and I could see an ugly green film over the water. It looked dirty and unclean—a breeding place for health-destroying creatures. At one time the water in that swamp was sweet and pure, coming from clear springs high in the mountains. But in that low place it had stopped, and having stopped it had stagnated. So in life, if you stop when you hit low places, your life begins to stagnate.—Charles L. Allen, "All Things Are Possible Through Prayer"


Heaven never helps the man who will not act.—Sophocles


A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. It's as if a tennis player before returning the ball began to question himself as to the physical and moral values of tennis. You must act just as you breathe.—Georges Clemenceau


Go-Getter: One who gets in behind you in a revolving door and comes out ahead of you.—Breadwinner


To get purposeful action you may need to arouse emotion on the part of the learner. You may convince his intellect that the thing you want him to learn is desirable and will be of benefit to him, but until you awaken in him an urgent hankering to do it, until you persuade him that whatever effort he expands is of little consequence compared with the satisfaction it will bring him, your teaching is lacking a most important ingredient.—M. Dale Baughman


It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it, and proceed to translate that belief into action.—Lin Yutang


Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. —Carlyle


Pluck sweet flowers while you may,
At eventide or dewy morn.
Surely there will come a day
When you must pluck the thorn.

Do kindly acts at time of need,
Ere the chance be gone,
Thus you will implant the seed
Of deeds yet unknown.—Author Unknown, Friendly Chat


Samuel Johnson wrote: "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome?'—The Indiana Teacher


Dare to do right! dare to be true!
You have a work that no other can do;
Do it so bravely, so kindly, so well,
Angels will hasten the story to tell.

Dare to do right! dare to be true!
Prayerfully, lovingly, firmly pursue
The path by apostles and martyrs once trod,
The path of the just to the city of God.— Geo. Lansing Taylor


Zinzendorf testified that he owed much of his religious fervor to the casual sight of a picture of the crucifixion with the simple inscription at the bottom: "All this for thee; how much for me?"—Selected

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