Life Sermon Illustrations

Life Sermon Illustrations

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A curious fact about life is that when we just let ourselves go and do what we like when we like it, we cease before long to like what we do. William James said that a person should do one unpleasant duty every day just to keep himself in moral trim.—Ralph W. Sockman, Arkansas Methodist


Throughout life's journey,
Be it ever so rough,
Don't reach for the summit,
By using the bluff.


Life may not begin at 40, but about then the hoof-prints of the bellowing herd begin to show on your trampled anatomy.—Nuggets


"Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will work out a rose by-and-by. Life is like that. One stitch at a time taken patiently, and the pattern will come out all right, like the embroidery."—Oliver Wendell Holmes


Life would be one delightful slide if we did not have to drag our sleds back up the hill.—Grit


Life is divided into three terms—that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better for the future.


Some people never put out anything but a chill, and then wonder why the world is sour.—Dr. Galen Starr Ross, President, Capitol College of Oratory and Music, Columbus, Ohio


Attitudes to Life

`I hate life, yet I hate to die,' said Voltaire.
For me to live is Christ: to die is gain,' said the Apostle Paul.
Only one life, 'twill soon be past;
Only what's done for Christ will last.

(Phil. 1. 21; Col. 3. 24; 1 Tim. 4. 8; 6. 12)


Brevity of Life

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Creeps on this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
Till all our yesterday's have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out! Out! brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale,
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.—Shakespeare in Macbeth

(Job. 14. 1; Ps. 103. 15, 16; James 4. 14)


The Christian Life

Out of the running of things down here,
Out of success and the glow of its sphere,
Out of the plans to push people on,
In a scene of today that tomorrow is gone.

Out of it all as time passes o'er,
Feel we our path to be more and still more.
Earth has its fav'rites, the world has its own;
On plods the pilgrim unwanted and lone.

Out of it all, yet rejoicing in hope,
Helpless so often, yet ever held up,
Strengthened in spirit by succor divine—
Blest compensation! How can we repine?

Life that is better than earth can afford,
Life where we happily rest in the Lord,
Christ as its centre, and Christ as its sun,
Life of all lives, with what joy we speed on!

(Col. 3. 1-4)


Life is too brief
Between the budding and the falling leaf,
Between the seedtime and the golden sheaf,
For hate and spite.

We have no time for malice and for greed;
Therefore, with love make beautiful the deed;
Fast speeds the night.

Life is too swift
Between the blossom and the white snow's drift,
Between the silence and the lark's uplift,
For bitter words.

In kindness and in gentleness our speech
Must carry messages of hope, and reach
The sweeter chords.

Life is too great
Between the infant's and the man's estate.
Between the clashing of earth's strife and fate,
For petty things.

Lo! we shall yet who creep with cumbered feet,
Walk glorious over heaven's golden street,
Or soar on wings.—Margaret E. Sangster

(Rom. 6. 4; 2 Cor. 5. 14-17; Gal. 2. 20)


Elixir of Life

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, known as 'Good Queen Bess', a certain Dr. Dee, a magician, undertook to provide the queen with an elixir of life that would guarantee perpetual youth and everlasting life. He had also a scheme for transmuting base metals into gold and bringing enormous wealth to the realm. There was also a Dutchman named Cornelius Lanoy who had his laboratory at Somerset House, and did research work there to try to find the 'Elixir of Life'.

(John 3. 16; 11. 25, 26)  

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