Work Sermon Illustrations

Work Sermon Illustrations

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Emerson said:

"The human race is divided into two classes—those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire why it was done in that way instead of another."

A Japanese Lad's Secret

The greatest defeat I ever had in my life was to take second place in an oratorical contest in college; to bow to a Japanese lad who had been in this country but five years. When he landed at Ellis Island in New York, having come through England, he could not speak twenty-five words of English; and yet he stood up there the master of English oratory. Why? I can give you the secret; I learned it; I wanted to know. The lad rose every morning at five o'clock and with his open Bible before him he spent the next hour in reading it and in prayer. And on Friday mornings, he, along with his fellow Japanese students, rose at four o'clock and spent two hours in prayer and went fasting without their breakfast to their classes in order that they might know the meaning of discipline and prayer. That is the power of religion in the life of youth. But how many of our colleges or great universities of today are teaching, are encouraging that sort of thing?—From address of Elmer Ward Cole at Christian Action Week, Lake James.

Not Ashamed

In the stone works a young man was suddenly set to do a piece of carving. The man on the job had been taken ill, and the task had to be finished on time. The young man did not know what the stone was for, but he went at the work in his accustomed painstaking way. He chiselled out a stem here, a leaf there, and flowers above. The master workman approved the job, and the stone left the works. Some months passed. Then one day the young man was walking through the great and beautiful building that the city had just completed and opened. He came to the most prominent pillar, a handsome column crowned with a piece of lily work. "Why," he exclaimed, "that's my bit of work!" And taking off his cap, he gazed at it and said reverently, "Thank God, I did that job well!" When I overhead the young man's remark, and saw the light in his eyes, and he told me about it, I knew, if I had never known before, that work is a holy thing. Right wages and just treatment for workmen are proper adjuncts, but above and beyond them your bit of work is holy to you.—The Christian Life.

Our Part in the Harvest

A famous evangelist was on one occasion trying to point out to a group of miners the care and bounty with which God had endowed the earth. "Look at your own occupation," he said. "Isn't it wonderful how God's foresight has enabled us to get fuel and power from the earth?" "That's quite right, sir," replied one of the men, "but I wish He had put it nearer the top." Is not this the spirit of many people today? They realize the goodness of God, no doubt; but wish He did not ask them to do so much. God gave the Israelites manna, but did not throw it into their tents; they had to gather it. He sends us the harvest year by year, but we must reap it.—Christian Herald.

"Unfolded" Legs

Samuel Johnson paid a high, though unintended, compliment to John Wesley: "His conversation is good, but he is never at leisure. He always has to go at a certain hour. This is very disagreeable to a man who loves to fold his legs and have his talk out as I do." John Wesley's legs were "unfolded" most of his ninety years. He had felt his Master's passion for souls, and sought to save the lost.Free Churchman.

A Georgia man was paid 500 an hour to tear down a chim¬ney he had built 50 years ago for 37¢ a day.—Parts Pups

As a rule I do not rhyme.
My life is but a race with time,
When papers overflow the folder
A man must know he's getting older.—M. Dale Baughman

Soon after the great Edmund Burke had been making one of his powerful speeches in the British Parliament, his brother Richard was found sitting in silent reverie; and when asked by a friend what he was thinking about, he replied:

"I have been wondering how Ed has contrived to monopolize all the talent in our family. But then I remember that when the rest of us were doing nothing, or were at play, he was always at work."

And the force of this anecdote is increased by the fact that Richard always was considered, by those who knew him best, to be superior in natural talents to his brother; yet the one rose to greatness, whereas the other lived and died in obscurity.

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes—work never begun.—Christina Rossetti, Partners

Mankind is composed of those who work, those who pretend to work, and those who do neither.—Battista Grassi in Your Creative Power

Whether a job is large or small,
If I can't do it well I won't do it at all,
And I owe to such firm self-discipline
Job after job I refuse to begin!—Thomas Usk, Rotarian

It is the biggest mistake in the world to think you are working for someone else. Try to realize that someone is paying you for working for yourself.

We know a lot of fellows who brag about being sell-made men; but it's our considered opinion that most of them knocked off work too soon. —Minonk News Dispatch

Quite a few people are already working on a four-day week. Trouble is, it takes 'em five or six days to do it.—Earl Hall, Hall Syndicate—P K Sideliner

Nothing stops work quicker than people who have nothing to do and spend their time with people who are busy.

Tired businessman's observation: "It's simply fantastic the amount of work you can get done, if you don't do anything else:'—Eleanor Clarage in Cleveland Plain Dealer

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