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The 950th Time Is A Charm

Perseverance Reward Inspiration

Source: "At First She Didn’t Succeed, but She Tried and Tried Again (960 Times)," New York Times, September 3, 2010

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Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-12-23

Scripture: Galatians 6:9 ; James 1:12

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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ILLUSTRATION

Grandmother Cha Sa-Soon lived alone in a remote mountain village in South Korea. She always wanted to learn to drive but didn't try to get a license until she was in her 60's.

She failed the written part of the driving test, not once, twice, or 10 times, but 949 times.

Having never driven, a lot of the test terminology was new to her, but she refused to quit. Finally, on her 950th try, she got a passing grade. On the actual "road test" she only failed 4 times before getting passing marks.

By this time, all of Korea knew about her persistence. Her triumph was celebrated and she became a national hero. She was even given a Kia Soul and appeared in one of their commercials.

All because of she wouldn't give up.  

APPLICATION

 Who besides Grandmother Cha Sa-Soon has ever had to take a driving test 950 times before passing it? And who besides Grandmother Cha Sa-Soon has ever become a national hero for passing the written part of a driving test?  

The more difficult the test, the sweeter it is when we finally prevail. 

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9). 

Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Source: Internet

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Have you ever thought about putting solar panels on your home?  Did you know that if you do, you can actually make your meter run backward? On a bright sunny day, as the sun beats down on the panels and they produce more energy than you can use, the surplus causes the bi-directional meter to run backward. 

Instead of paying for electricity, the electric company credits you for the extra.

 

APPLICATION

Each of us is given a stewardship of grace.  Those who are faithful stewards will produce more light than those who are poor stewards, both now and in eternity.  

Daniel wrote, "Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever" (Daniel 12:3). 

The greater glory with which the faithful will shine in their resurrected state is God's way of crediting it back to them. 

 

One Strange Looking Carrot

God's Promises Heaven Reward

Source: “Woman's long-lost diamond ring found on carrot in garden,” POSTED: AUG 17, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-17

Scripture: Matthew 19:29 ; Revelation 21:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Fox News reports:

A Canadian woman, Mary Grams, 84, who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law ... found the ring while harvesting carrots …

She was pulling the carrots and noticed one of them looked strange. She almost fed it to her dog but decided to keep it and just threw it in her pail. When she was washing the carrots she noticed the ring …

Grams said she was eager to try the ring on again after so many years. With family looking on she washed the ring with a little soap to get the dirt off. It slid on her finger as easily as it did when her husband gave it to her.

"We were giggling and laughing," she said. "It fit. After that many years it fits."

APPLICATION

Nothing a believer loses in this life is really lost, but will be returned to them when Jesus renews all things. 

“Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:28-29).

"He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true" (Revelation 21:5). 

What Happens When You Double A Penny Everyday For 30 Days?

Faithfulness Priorities Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: Matthew 6:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Grace Rewards Late Arrivals

Grace Reward Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: Matthew 20:13

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Crying Babies On A Plane

Motivation Reward Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-09

Scripture: John 13:34

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Oxford Students Given Trigger Warnings

Perseverance Maturity Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-30

Scripture: James 1:12 ; James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Whale Of A Find

Reward Trials Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Gold Cache at the Federal Reserve

Riches Wealth Reward

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2015-12-08

Scripture: Matthew 6:19 ; Luke 12:17

Author: Fred Gates
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Everything Has A Time Limit

Reward Spirituality Object Lessons

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-29

Scripture: Matthew 6:19

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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