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The Dramatic Rescue of Lobby Joe

Awe Man Love (Divine)

Source: “Returning A Lobster To Its Home, 2,000 Miles Away,” By Joanne Hong, Jun 3, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-21

Scripture: Psalms 8:4 ; Psalms 144:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Joanne Hong, with wimp.com, reports:

The last thing you expect to do when you make a trip to the grocery store is save a life, especially one that most people tend to overlook - a lobster’s. Lobsters, even rare ones, don’t get the same amount of love or attention that other animals do. There are countless animal rescue stories out there, including rescues of exotic animals, such as otters, lions, bears, and even turtles. However, there probably isn’t another story like this about a lobster, which is why it is so special.

It was just a day like any other when Christine Loughead met her lobster. While shopping at her local grocery store in North Ontario, she spotted the special guy, all alone and awaiting his fate, and immediately jumped into action. She told BuzzFeed Canada that she was standing in the meat section ... when she saw the lobster she later named Lobby Joe. 

That's when Loughead decided to purchase Lobby Joe for $20.23 and send him back to his home in the Atlantic Ocean. She filled a styrofoam cooler with ice packs and newspaper and placed Lobby Joe inside. Then Loughead and her boyfriend set off on a six-hour drive to the UPS location in Winnipeg, to ship the live animal to a friend who agreed to set Lobby Joe free. 

APPLICATION

This story is newsworthy because it is unheard of that someone would set out to save a crustacean.  A lobster hardly seems worth the trouble.

That describes how the Psalmist felt when he thought about all the trouble God was willing to go through for us.  In disbelief, he wrote, “What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:4, NASV).

You and I are like Lobby Joe, condemned to die, waiting for our fate. But then, for reasons hard to explain, Jesus decided to give up everything to rescue us. The Cross of Christ is newsworthy because a holy God choosing to die for sinful man defies all reason.  It is not only newsworthy, it is awe inspiring.

“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:4, ESV).

The Heart of a Child

Salvation Humility Awe

Source: Movie - Ratatouille

Contributed By: Lou Perez | Date Posted: 2015-05-28

Scripture: Matthew 18:3

Author: Lou Perez
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There is a touching scene in the movie “Ratatouille” where the villain, Anton Ego Nostalgia, experiences a transformation. Anton is a hard and unforgiving food critic whose reviews can make or break a restaurant. He carries his large critic’s pen like a blunt weapon waiting for its next victim. Anton enters the once famous “Gusteau's Restaurant” that has been downgraded by previous reviews he wrote. He finds a seat at a table and like a mean judge, he savors the moment where he will pass sentence . . . When suddenly he is served a simple peasant dish (a poor man’s meal). He takes the first bite and is instantly transported back to his childhood, a time when he was a person . . . a time where he felt loved. Tears began to flow from Anton’s eyes, as he remembers what it was like to be so alive.

Back in the present, Anton’s lethal pen crashes to the ground like a large anvil as if unburdening him. Then his perpetual scowl is transformed into a warm smile as he devours the rest of the humble food. Anton found his heart in a simple childhood memory.

APPLICATION

It’s no wonder why Jesus commands us to become as a child in order to enter the kingdom. No one possesses a heart more alive, more in awe of life, more ready to believe than a child.

" And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3).

Gratitude Chains

Gratitude Awe Perspective

Source: "Increase Your Happiness. Build Gratitude Chains in Your Life" By David J. Pollay on POSITIVE PSHYCHOLOGY NEWS, December 2, 2007, retrieved 11/22/14

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

Scripture: James 1:17

Author: David J. Pollay, MAPP
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"Everything good that happens in this world is the result of a chain of events," says positivity speaker and writer, David Pollay. "No matter the size, each event has a history of activity.  Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of the many good chains in our lives."

Consider the last time you opened a can of beans.  Did you think about who planted them, picked them, packed them, shipped them, stocked them, and sold them to you?  Here’s the response I most often get when I ask that question, “ahhh, no.”  We just open the can, throw the beans on our plate, pop them in the microwave, grab a fork, and start eating them as soon as the plate is put on the table.  We don’t see the chain, we just see the beans.

David J. Pollay, MAPP, is the creator and author of the international phenomenon, The Law of the Garbage Truck (Sterling Publishing). David is a keynote speaker, syndicated columnist, and popular blogger.

APPLICATION

"One powerful way to increase your gratitude is by increasing the number of what I call 'Gratitude Chains' in your life," says Pollay. Gratitude Chains are made up of links of appreciation for what contributes to the people and things we care about. Here are the four keys to building Gratitude Chains:?

Cultivate Awareness Everyday: Look around you and take note of what you value. What and who do you appreciate in your life? Write down what you observe (i.e., your spouse, your children, your job, your daily meals, your friends, your country, your car, your home, the customer service you receive, the coffee you drink, etc.). ?

Cultivate Curiosity Learn more about each person or item on your list: How do these people do what they do each day? What contributes to these important things in your life? Ask questions, study, and research. Do whatever you have to do in order to better understand what and whom you treasure.?

Cultivate Memory: You feel grateful only for what you remember. Practice recalling the most important people and things you care about in your life. Recite them in the morning. Add them to your prayers. Reflect on them each day. Thank them.?

Link Your Gratitude Chains Together: There is power in the Gratitude Chain. The more we know about the people and things that matter to us in our lives, the more likely we will feel grateful. View your life as Gratitude Chains linked together. The gratitude you feel in one part of your life will connect to and energize the other areas. And remember all it takes is a can of beans and your Gratitude Chain to brighten your day.

In the end, ALL chains link back to the One to Whom we should be most grateful.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17).

Seeing God In Your Body

Apologetics Confidence Awe

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-15

Scripture: Psalms 8:5 ; Genesis 1:27

Author: Dr. Richard Swenson
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The Incredible, Edible, Breathing Egg

Awe God's Power Miracles

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-29

Scripture: Psalms 111:2

Author: Learning Kingdom
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Distant Deity

Awe God's Accessibility Experiencing God

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-03-08

Scripture: Isaiah 66:1 ; Acts 7:49

Author: Fred Gates
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God Is Greater Than All His Works

Doubt Awe Trust (In God)

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-02-01

Author: Richard Swenson
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Crash Helmets and Life Preservers

Awe Experiencing God God's Holiness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-19

Scripture: Hebrews 12:28

Author: Annie Dillard
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Read Me Like A Very Long Book

God's Omniscience Self-examination Awe

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-28

Scripture: Psalms 139:1

Author: Richard Swenson
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No More Moon In My Sky

Meaning of Life Awe Disillusionment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-24

Scripture: Isaiah 53:1

Author: Dr. Lynn Anderson
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