Life Sermon Illustrations

Life Sermon Illustrations

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When John Knox lay dying in his house in Edinburgh, weary of his long, hard battle, he said, "I heartily salute and take my good nighl of all the faithful of both realms earnestly desiring the assistance of their prayers, that without any notable slander to the evangel of Jesus Christ, I may end my battle, for as the world is weary of me, so am I of it."

A maker of violins searched all his life for wood that would serve for making violins with a certain beautiful and haunting resonance. At last he succeeded when he came into possession of wood gathered from the timberline, the last stand of the frees of the Rockies, 12,000 feet above sea level. Up there where the winds blow so fiercely and steadily that the bark to windward has no chance to grow, where the branches all point one way, and where a free to live must stay on its knees all through its life, that is where the world's most resonant wood for violins is born and lives and dies.—W. Hayden Ambrose, Link

Many young people starting out in life believe that freedom means the right to do the things that they want to do, regardless of whether or not that right interferes with the rights and comforts of others. They mistake license for freedom; they are spiritually nearsighted. They want to be free to see life. This is a noble desire, but it is too often misunderstood and turned in the wrong direction. They should know that living does not consist in the dissipation of life but in the conservation of life.—You Magazine

No man is so tall that he need never stretch, nor so small that he need never stoop.

"Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us."—Harry Emerson Fosdick

"What is life's heaviest burden?" asked a youth of a sad and lonely old man.

He answered: "To have nothing to carry."—E. Scott O'Conner, Ladies' Home Journal

Man being unable to choose between two evils, often hunts up a third.—Lebanon Reporter

"A man's life," sighed Joe, "is 20 years of having his mother asking him where he is going, 40 years of having his wife ask the same question; and at the end, the mourners are wondering, too."—Weekly Animator

Life is partly what you make it and partly how you take it.

Living today is a game of robbing Peter to pay Paul to make it possible to stand Pat.

Wrinkles should merely show where the smiles have been.—Mark Twain

I do not mind my P's and Q's,
How careless I must B; nor
Do my actions always suit my
Neighbors to a T.
I think perhaps the greatest
Fault that I can now recall—
I make my I's a lot too large,
And all my U's too small.—Reginold Holmes in Fireside Fancies

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.—Will Rogers

Life isn't a bowl of cherries; it's a bunch of raisins—raisin heck, raisin' kids, or raisin' money!

If all the people were clever, and all clever people were good, the world would be nicer than ever we thought that it possibly could. But, alas, it is seldom or never the two hit it off as they should—the good are so hard on the clever, the clever so rude to the good!—Wadsworth

You may bring to your office, and put in a frame, a motto as fine as its paint, but if you're a crook when you're playing the game, that motto won't make you a saint. You can stick up the placards all over the wall, but here is the word I announce: It is not the motto that hangs on the wall, but the motto you live that counts. If the motto says, "Smile," and you carry a frown; "Do it now," and you linger and wait; if the motto says "Help," and you trample men down; if the motto says "Love," and you hate—you won't get away with the mottoes you install, for truth will come forth with a bounce. It is not the motto that hangs on the wall, but the motto you live, that counts.—Kalends

The ups and downs of life that one lives through and sur-vives are the only things that give dimension and color and flavor to life.—Dr. Galen Starr Ross, president, Capitol College of Oratory and Music, Columbus, Ohio

One door may be shut, but there are many others that are open. He who allows his day to pass without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows—he breathes but he does not live.

Last night I decided to count my blessings.
I didn't think it would take long.
But I certainly showed poor guessing,
For today I'm still going strong)—Nicki Joy Doud, Sunshine Magazine

No one has any right to find life uninteresting or unrewarding who sees within the sphere of his own activity a wrong he can help to remedy, or within himself an evil he can hope to overcome, or within another a life he can assist to greater heights.—Odd Moments, Sunshine Private Press

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours.—Swedish Proverb, Partners

Business Card: As you slide down the banister of life—may the splinters never point the wrong way.

The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from home read only a page.

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