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A New Perspective

Perspective Teachability Patience

Source: A personal experience

Contributed By: James Augustine | Date Posted: 2021-02-22

Scripture: Psalms 8:1 ; Psalms 8:4

Author: James Augustine
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ILLUSTRATION

When my oldest daughter was 15 months old, my wife and I were at a youth convention during the summer. As she was walking back to the dormitory with our little girl in tow, Anna kept stopping and laying down on the sidewalk. Mom would heave her back up on her feet and walk a few more feet, only to have Anna lay down once again on the cement. Starting to feel a bit frustrated, Mom stopped and looked at her daughter. She then got down on the ground with Anna and looked up and saw the most amazing display of stars in the summer night sky that she had ever seen.

APPLICATION

So often in life, we are in such a hurry to get where we're going that we fail to stop and take the time to appreciate what is around us. And sometimes, if we just stop and take a different perspective on things, we might just see something beautiful...like another person's point of view, or a beautiful display of love and affection.

So don't be in such a hurry. Take time to appreciate where you are and what's happening around you.

Use Your Head to Find Your Car

Wisdom Teachability Discernment

Source: "Can't find your car? Hold your key fob up to your head. (Really.)" posted on VOX.com, Updated by Joseph Stromberg on November 22, 2014

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-02

Scripture: Proverbs 4:7

Author: Vox.com / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

"Next time you're wandering through a vast parking lot, looking for your car," reports VOX.com, "there's a weird strategy you can try: hold your remote unlocking device up to your head."

It might sound pretty crazy, but it will actually extend the device's range a bit — perhaps causing your car to light up, letting you more easily find it.

We were skeptical too, but a few physicists have actually conducted some experiments that prove it's true.

Holding the device up to your head means that its signal — electromagnetic waves of a particular frequency — passes through a large number of water molecules, contained in your brain. As these waves pass through, they pull the positive charges present in the water (the hydrogen ions) in one direction, and the negative charges (the oxygen ions) in the other.

"In effect, you've got the protons being pulled upward, then downward, then upward, then downward, because of the oscillating electric field," Bowley says. "That means they're behaving rather like a radio aerial antenna — as they go up and down, they're radiating energy."

That energy is radiated at the same frequency as the original signal, so it can combine with it to extend its range a bit further before it dissipates. As a result, in the video, Bowley can walk outside the normal range of his device, hold it up to his head, and get his car to unlock.

He demonstrates that it's the water in his brain that's crucial by walking even farther from his car and holding the device up to a jug of water — and again, successfully unlocking it.

Click the link to source above to view a video demonstration by Professor Roger Bowley of the UK's University of Nottingham.

 

APPLICATION

Apparently, there are more ways to use your head than you realized! But the best way remains the pursuit of wisdom.  

"Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment" (Proverbs 4:7, NLT). 

Empty Your Cup So It Can Be Filled

Purpose Knowledge Teachability

Source: THE ART OF ACHIEVEMENT AND FULFILLMENT by Nkem Mpamah, p. 92

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Ana Lopez | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; Philippians 3:8

Author: Ana Lopez
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ILLUSTRATION

A master martial artist asked Bruce Lee to teach him everything he knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. "The first cup," said Bruce, "represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge."

APPLICATION

The greatest yearning of the human heart is to know there is a purpose to life. We try to find purpose in things like marriage, career, relationships. But Paul tells us the true purpose of life, the only one that can bring the fulfillment for which our hearts long, is to know Christ. He says, “That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him” (Philippians 3:10). 

In order for Christ to become the focus of your life, however, you must first empty your cup of the things that contradict that focus. But rest assured, what you gain in this process is well worth all that is lost (Philippians 3:8).

Doubling Down On Stupid

Teachability Foolishness Pride

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-25

Scripture: Proverbs 26:11 ; Proverbs 16:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Hearing What We Want to Hear

Teachability Holiness Listening

Contributed By: John Fields | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3

Author: John Fields
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The School of Wisdom

Wisdom Teachability Warnings

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-12

Scripture: Proverbs :

Author: Harold L. Willmington
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Timing Is Everything

Witness Teachability Humor

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-06-21

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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The Rocky Terraces of the Heart

Hardness of Heart Spiritual Health Teachability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-05

Scripture: Matthew 13:5

Author: Joyce Hugett
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Learning From the Past

Teachability Legacy Bible

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2013-03-08

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:6

Author: Rod Crowell
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Thank You for Correcting Me, Sister!

Correction Influence Teachability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-13

Scripture: Proverbs 15:31

Author: Illustration Exchange
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