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Forever Dependent

Dependence on God Humility Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

There is perhaps no greater picture of total dependence than that of an infant rooting for its mother’s milk. The toddler may insist on holding a cup of milk by himself, but he is just as dependent on his parents to provide it.  And the dairy farmer, who owns the cows that produce the milk, is just as dependent on his Creator to provide the straw needed to feed his cows.

APPLICATION

At some point in our growth and development, most of us begin to think that we have arrived at a point of independence.  We make the mistake of thinking that by taking on more responsibility, we have become independent.   

But we never have, nor will we ever, create our own necessary food, or the universe in which it is cultivated, or the people who grow it, or the teeth that crush it, or the saliva the begins to break it down, or the stomach that digests it, or the biological system that delivers it to the individual cells of the body.  

At the height of our abilities, we only ever play a minuscule role in providing for ourselves.  But that doesn't stop us from looking at our successes and thinking, "I've got this."  

The truth of the matter is that we don't have this, but God does have us. Let a stroke take that tiny part of our independence away and we very quickly come to the realization of just how totally dependent on God we really are.

The point is God has a purpose not just for the provisions He provides but even for the trials that seem to set us back.  Blind and arrogant as we are to our total dependence on God, we often need His help to see the truth.  Sometimes that help comes in the form of helplessness.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

When Are You Going To Die?

Gratitude Mortality Priorities

Source: "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff," By Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2017-10-12

Scripture: Psalms 90:12

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

Richard Carlson, Ph.D., was an author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker, who became famous with the success of his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff... and it’s all Small Stuff (1997). The book became one of the fastest-selling books of all time.  It is divided into 100 brief chapters. The last chapter is entitled, “Live This Day as if It Were Your Last. It May Be.”  Carlson lived his last day on December 13, 2006.  He died of a  pulmonary embolism during a flight from San Francisco to New York, leaving his wife and two teenage daughters.

APPLICATION

Carlson said that he ended his book with this chapter as a reminder of how precious life and loved ones are.  He wrote: “I often wonder, when listening to the news, did the person who died in the auto accident on his way home from work remember to tell his family how much he loved them?”  Carlson started the 100th chapter asking, “When are you going to die? In fifty years, twenty, ten, five, today? Last time I checked, no one had told me.” 

He died suddenly and unexpectedly nine years later at the age of 45. 

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). 

Donning True Beauty

Gratitude Circumstances Spirituality

Source: MIX 96.9

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-21

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Despite being mistakenly declared the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe contest, having the crown placed on her heard, and accepting the adulation of the crowd for almost four minutes, Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had to give it all back. In arguably the most awkward moment in beauty contest history, the host, Steve Harvey, came on stage as Miss Colombia was about to begin her victory walk, to apologize to the audience for mistakenly announcing the wrong winner.

In a brief interview as she exited the stage, Miss Gutierrez thanked her supporters and said, "Everything happens for a reason. So I'm happy. I'm happy for all of what I did for becoming this … I'm so happy. Thank you for all. Thank you for voting for me."

Follow this link to view the gracious departing response of Miss Colombia.

APPLICATION

If you tuned in to see a beauty contest you weren't disappointed. That's because more than seeing the 80 most beautiful women in the world, you witnessed the inner beauty of one very disappointed contestant by the gracious way she responded to being de-crowned. It just goes to show that no matter what has just happened, real beauty dons the crown of a grateful attitude!

Additional Application:

Few things in life are as disappointing as falling just short of a lifetime goal. But something far worse happened to Miss Colombia. She actually seem to achieve her dream, only to have it snatched away moments later. But rather than respond as one might expect, in anger or in bitterness, she expressed nothing but gratitude for the opportunity and the support, winning an outpouring of love and respect from around the world. Miss Ariadna Gutierrez showed the world that it isn't what happens to us, but how we respond that really matters.

"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NLT).

A Most Generous Christmas Bonus

Christmas Generosity Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15 ; Isaiah 9:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Rich in Christ

Gratitude Repentance God's Love

Contributed By: Vince Putnam | Date Posted: 2015-11-18

Scripture: Acts 2:

Author: Vince Putnam
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You Were There ...

Gratitude Humor Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:4

Author: Unknown / Illustration Exchange
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Gratitude Quotes

Gratitude Quotes Gratitude Thankfulness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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This is Your Brain On Gratitude

Gratitude Optimism Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-22

Scripture: Philippians 4:6 ; Hebrews 13:15

Author: Alex Korb / Illustration Exchange
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Gratitude Chains

Gratitude Awe Perspective

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-22

Scripture: James 1:17

Author: David J. Pollay, MAPP
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Gratitude Gizmos

Gratitude Sacrifice Honor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-19

Scripture: Psalms 50:23

Author: Staff Writers, Unstuck.com
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