Objective Sermon Illustrations

Objective Sermon Illustrations

Forward-looking Charles F. Kettering contends too many of us conduct business by using the past as a guide. "If we drove an automobile like we try to run the world," he says, "we would have the steering wheel looking out the back window to see where we came from. The only thing that is important is where you are going."—Jack Kytle, Partners

The poorest man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.—Eugene P. Bertin, Pennsylvania School Journal

There is a fable about a dog that boasted of his ability to run faster than any other one. One day he gave chase to a rabbit, but failed to catch him When the other dogs ridiculed him for his previous boasting and his failure in the chase, he replied: "The rabbit was running for his life, while I was running only for my dinner."—The King's Business

If you go duck hunting, you aim at the point where the winging bird is going to be rather than where he is when you fire. Is there a lesson here for education?

Too often, says Dr. Harold Rugg, former professor of education, Columbia Teachers College, we aim our education plans at the point where the children are now or even where they were in a generation ago.

We need to aim at the point where children will be when the education plans mature, Dr. Rugg told a recent conference on current educational issues at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont.

The world steps aside to let any man pass who knows whither he is going.—David Starr Jordan

To do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way; to do some things better than they were ever done before; to eliminate errors, and to anticipate requirements; to act from reason rather than rule; to work for the love of work and to be satisfied with nothing short of perfection.

For lowest marks he set his bow, and shot it. He asked for little here below—and got it!—W. L. Hudson

"Before you go to sleep, say to yourself, 'I haven't reached my goal yet, whatever it is, and I'm going to be uncomfortable and in a degree unhappy until I do.'"—Carl Sandburg

The man who aims at nothing is almost sure to hit it.

Charles Schwab was once asked if a big businessman ever reached his objective. He replied that if a man ever reached his objective he was not a big businessman.

It doesn't matter where you come from, but where you're headed for does.

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