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In The Next Thirty Seconds

Productivity Ministry Spirituality

Source: BuzzFeed

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2014-09-06

Scripture: John 6:63

Author: Larry Lewis


In the next 30 seconds you will, on average:

  1. Take 8 breaths.
  2. Produce .3 grams of carbon dioxide.
  3. Your heart will beat 36 times.
  4. Produce 72 million red blood cells.
  5. Your blood will travel 4 miles. 


You accomplish more by just standing where you are than in all of your other endeavors! If that's true in the physical realm, it is even more true in the spiritual realm. We accomplish more by being "in the Spirit" than anything we might then go on to do.

"The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life" (John 6:63).

There Is No 'I' In A Team of Ants

Cooperation Productivity Church Health/Growth

Source: "Stalking the Mighty Ant" by Edward. O. Wilson, originally published on DISCOVERY, March '90, and condensed in READER'S DIGEST, July '90, pp. 139-142

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-26

Scripture: Ephesians 4:16 ; Proverbs 6:6

Author: Edward. O. Wilson


Myrmecology. It's the study of ants. And a fascinating study it is. Says one myrmecologist, "Acting together, ants are among the dominant forces of our terrestrial environment." Individually equipped with unique strengths and capabilities, they work together to accomplish seemingly impossible feats.
Worker ants are built for suicidal dedication. Space in their body saved by the reduction or elimination of reproductive organs is partly filled by biological weapons. In the most extreme know case, workers of a Malaysian species of carpenter ants function as walking bombs. Huge poison-filled glands run the entire length of their body. In a fight they rupture their own body wall, spraying the poison over their adversaries; at the same time, other glands release pheromones to summon nest mates to the fray. Each species of ant has its own distinctive combination of such weaponry and communicative signals. ...
Army ants, particularly the swarm raider of Central and South America, provide prime examples of ant teamwork. The individuals are large, about a quarter-inch long, and the colonies contain between 170,000 and 700,000 workers. In the early morning, thousands of workers pour out of the bivouacs, forming a solid marching phalanx, up to 45 feet or more across and three to six feet in depth, that proceeds outward at the rate of a foot a minute. The army sweeps almost all prey before it--tarantulas, scorpions, other ants and even an occasional snake or lizard. ...
How has something so small become so astonishingly successful and important? The ant's major advantage appears to be social organization. The operational unit is not the individual but the entire colony.


Is it any wonder that the writer of Proverbs asks us to "consider the ant?" What if every member of a local church worked together with that kind of teamwork? And what if all of the churches in the world combined their efforts? Can you imagine the impact we could have if we moved and operated as one? With Christ as our Head, shouldn't it be said of us that, "the operational unit is not the individual but the entire Church"?

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!" (Proverbs 6:6).

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love" (Ephesians 4:16).

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Getting Farther And Father Away

Backslide Dependence on God Productivity

Source: Various

Contributed By: Dave Rigg | Date Posted: 2013-01-01

Scripture: John 15:5

Author: Unknown


A young man named Roscoe was arrested for DUI in rural Kentucky. He pled guilty and the judge sentenced him to community service.  When Roscoe showed up at the jail to begin his sentence, the sheriff informed him that he would be painting a yellow line down the middle of a newly constructed road.

The sheriff purchased several gallons of yellow paint and a dozen paint rollers and Roscoe began his task. The first day, Roscoe painted the line 2 miles down the road and the sheriff was impressed. On the second day, Roscoe painted the line one mile further. The sheriff was still satisfied, but less impressed. On the third day, Roscoe only covered 1/4 of a mile.

Now the sheriff was upset, so he decided to talk to Roscoe. "You haven’t been painting as much road as you did on the first day." The sheriff asked, "What’s the problem?"  Roscoe replied, "I’d be painting more, but the bucket keeps getting farther and farther away!"


All that God has called us to accomplish in this life is only made possible by our union and ongoing communion with Christ. The further we drift from Jesus, the less productive we will be in Kingdom work. He is the source of the life of God that dwells in us, and flows through us, so long as we remain in intimate fellowship with Him. Don't waste precious time engaged in life without Jesus.

"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5, NLT).

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Time Must Be Spent

Time Management Productivity Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-13

Scripture: Ephesians 5:16 ; Colossians 4:5

Author: J. Oswald Sanders

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Smoking Is Bad, But TV Is Worse

Time Management Distractions Productivity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-27

Scripture: Psalms 90:12 ; Psalms 39:4

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Burn Out Or Rust Out?

Zeal Procrastination Productivity

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2012-01-03

Scripture: Romans 12:11

Author: David Cranford

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A One-Day Lifetime

Stewardship Productivity Perspective

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-23

Scripture: Psalms 90:12 ; Ephesians 5:16

Author: Leslie Weatherhead

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What's Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?


Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-03-08

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:21 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

Author: Neal Pollard

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Win or Lose

Success Christlikeness Selfless

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2020-02-01

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Philippians 2:5

Author: Carlos Arribas

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Bring A Better Face

Attitude Christlikeness Perspective

Contributed By: Kevin Truett | Date Posted: 2019-10-17

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31 ; Romans 13:14

Author: Kevin Truett

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