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Honesty Is The Best Policy

Honesty Character Humor

Source: Personal experience

Contributed By: Troy Dukes | Date Posted: 2022-02-23

Scripture: Exodus 20:15 ; Proverbs 9:17

Author: Troy Dukes
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ILLUSTRATION

When I was a small boy growing up in Mississippi, my Granny was often a source of wisdom, unconditional love, good cooking, and entertainment. I'll never forget a lesson she taught me by accident about honesty. We had stopped at a convenience store after church, where she intended to get a Sunday paper from the machine out front. She gave me a quarter and told me to run get two papers, one for her and one for my mother.

I got to the machine and saw that a Sunday paper was 25 cents, and I shouted to her as she sat in the car that I would need another quarter. Granny said, "No, baby, just put the quarter in the slot, open the door, and get two papers out of the machine." I must have looked puzzled because she repeated herself a little louder.

About that time a customer walked out of the store, so when I proceeded to explain that I couldn't get two papers out of the machine without putting in two quarters, she shushed me, got out of the car, and said, "Just get in the car." I climbed into the car and watched as she put the quarter into the slot, opened the door, and retrieved two newspapers.

As the metal door slammed shut and she began to walk away, she was suddenly stopped short by the strap of her big, black purse hanging on her arm.  She had accidentally caught the purse in the paper machine. With the door closed, she was stuck. 

After a frustrating moment of indecision, Granny fished around, produced a second quarter, and freed herself from captivity. It was all I could do to keep from laughing, but something told me to keep that lesson to myself.

APPLICATION

The Bible teaches us that stealing is always wrong and that it is what we do in our private moments that define our character and prove our witness to those around us. Doing the right thing is not one option among others for the Christian, it is a mandate.

Even when the compromise seems small, even when it appears no one is looking or is likely to be harmed, our theft, our lie, our disregard for what is right has consequences.

“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!  And to him who lacks sense she says, 'Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.' But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol" (Proverbs 9:16-18, ESV). 

The Rat Race

Worldliness Humor Transformation

Source: 1956, The Golden Ham: A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason by Jim Bishop, (Undated letter from Jackie Gleason to Gen (Genevieve, estranged wife Gleason)), Quote Page 258,

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-28

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:7

Author: Jackie Gleason / Lily Tomlin
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ILLUSTRATION

Lily Tomlin's version of a Jackie Gleason quote is as follows:

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat."

APPLICATION

The Apostle Paul spoke of a different kind of race.  One in which those who run are transformed, not into rats but into the image of Christ!

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7).

What Shamu Taught Me About Marriage

Marriage Humor Motivation

Source: "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage," The New York Times (6-25-06)

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-07-21

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:8

Author: Amy Sutherland
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ILLUSTRATION

Amy Sutherland, in an article she wrote for the New York Times called, "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage," expresses her frustration over her husbands irritating habits:

These minor annoyances are not the stuff of separation and divorce, but in sum they began to dull my love for Scott. I wanted—needed—to nudge him a little closer to perfect, to make him into a mate who might annoy me a little less, who wouldn't keep me waiting at restaurants, a mate who would be easier to love.

So, like many wives before me, I ignored a library of advice books and set about improving him. By nagging, of course, which only made his behavior worse: he'd drive faster instead of slower; shave less frequently, not more; and leave his reeking bike garb on the bedroom floor longer than ever.

A breakthrough came when Amy began traveling to a school for exotic animal trainers in California in order to research a book she wanted to write:

I listened, rapt, as professional trainers explained how they taught dolphins to flip and elephants to paint. Eventually it hit me that the same techniques might work on that stubborn but loveable species, the American husband.

APPLICATION

Ms. Sutherland concludes:

The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don't. After all, you don't get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging. The same goes for the American husband. Back in Maine, I began thanking Scott if he threw one dirty shirt into the hamper. If he threw in two, I'd kiss him. Meanwhile, I would step over any soiled clothes on the floor without one sharp word, though I did sometimes kick them under the bed. But as he basked in my appreciation, the piles became smaller.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8).

The Search for the Perfect Man

Humor Romance Relationships

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-03-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Unknown
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Always A Reason To Be Thankful

Thankfulness Hearing God's Voice Humor

Contributed By: Kory Ferree | Date Posted: 2017-07-31

Scripture: Romans 8:28 ; Matthew 13:22

Author: Kory Ferree
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A Rich Man Brings A Suitcase To Heaven

Materialism Heaven Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-07-18

Scripture: Mark 10:21

Author: Unknown
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I'm Dead. I'm Sure of It!

Aging Heaven Humor

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2017-02-01

Scripture: Revelation 21:4 ; Galatians 5:24

Author: unknown
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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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A New Identity

Humor Identity Die To Self

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-06-18

Scripture: Galatians 2:20

Author: N.T. Wright
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A Place for Your Stuff

End Times Worldview Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-21

Scripture: Revelation 14:15 ; Matthew 13:39

Author: George Carlin / Illustration Exchange
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