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The Dignity of Work

Work Commitment Dedication

Source: CNN

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Genesis 2:15 ; Colossians 3:23

Author: Charles Krieg
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CNN reports that Geoffrey Owens "has found a silver lining after being thrust into the spotlight for simply doing his job." Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on "The Cosby Show" was recently photographed bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe's.

"I got to the point that I needed to take a job to pay my bills, to support my family, it was basically that," Owens said.  Owens income took a hit after reruns of "The Cosby Show" were pulled due to Cosby's conviction of sexual assault last spring.

"I lost a lot of money from that," Owens said. "I don't feel sorry for myself about that. But the fact is that was another contributing factor, along with everything else everyone has to deal with -- medical bills, car issues, kids in college, you name it.

"What I hope continues to resonate is the idea that one job is not better than another," Owens said. "A certain job might pay more, it might have better benefits, it might look better on paper, but that essentially one kind of work isn't better than another kind of work, that we reevaluate that whole idea and we start honoring the dignity of work and the dignity of the working person."

APPLICATION

I recall the story of two men who were discussing the TV programs they had watched the previous evening. One man mentioned his remote control device, which he used to change channels from his easy chair. “That is one luxury I can get along without,” said the other man. He continued:  “It’s a sad day when I get so lazy that I can’t tell my wife or daughter to get up and change the channel.” ‚Äč

It is Scripture that reminds us of the dignity of work and the dignity of the working person.  In the very first book of Scripture, Genesis, we read: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15).   Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, tells us “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Colossians 3:23).

A Commitment Is A Commitment

Marriage Commitment Character

Source: "Ex-wife's revenge on alleged bigamist," THE LOCAL AT, Published: 26 Sep 2015 11:56 GMT+02:00

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

Scripture: Matthew 5:37 ; Ecclesiastes 5:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Kronen Zeitung newspaper reports the following story of a man who was taken to court by an old girlfriend for bigamy 11 years after they married “on a whim” in a Las Vegas chapel:

The man took his girlfriend to Las Vegas in 2004, and while touring the city they decided spontaneously to tie the knot at a White Wedding Chapel.

"It cost $25.  There was a Reverend who asked us only the question 'Do you believe in God?' That's it," said the man.  Neither of them took the ceremony seriously at the time, and their relationship broke up a short time later.

Eleven years later, the now 55-year-old man had married another woman, and when registering the marriage, failed to mention the previous ceremony, considering it more of a joke than a real commitment.

Unfortunately, his not quite ex-wife caught wind of his new marriage, and decided to inform the authorities that the man was still married at the time of his second wedding.  As a result, he was called this week to face a judge in the Regional Court of Wiener Neustadt.

When the judge asked the man why he didn’t mention the Vegas wedding in the registration process he said, "I felt that I was not married. I didn't think that the ceremony in Vegas had legal validity in Austria."

Despite this excuse, he was found guilty of bigamy and fined 5,000 euros.

APPLICATION

How many promises and commitments have you taken too lightly? The moral of this story is this: A commitment is a commitment no matter how small. 

“Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil” (Matthew 5:37, ESV).

“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

Heaven binds us to our commitments.

Puppy Love

Commitment Love (Uncondtional) Relationships

Source: "I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies" by Shona Sibary, DAILY MAIL, Published: 16:30 EST, 27 August 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-26

Scripture: Romans 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Shoan Sibary has confessed to the DAILY MAIL, "I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies"

Indeed, she has given away four dogs in four years.

She writes:

I’m a serial dogamist. In the early stages of the relationship I’m head over heels. I attend all the puppy classes. I don’t even begrudge picking up dog poo.

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my new canine companion. But the moment things get complicated and they develop a problem, I don’t covet a dog-free existence like any other sane person might. Instead, I start wondering if there is another, more suitable dog out there.

Maybe one that is less bouncy, less barky, less inclined to moult everywhere. And so the new search begins and I cannot rest until I have found a replacement puppy to lie adoringly at my feet.

APPLICATION

Isn’t every commitment like a puppy waiting to turn into a real dog? We begin our commitments with enthusiasm and anticipation, until responsibility kicks in. Everybody loves the puppy stage, but every puppy eventually becomes a real dog.

The French proverb, "You need to not only want what you want, you need to want what your want leads to,” finds perfect application here. Real love, committed love, not only wants what it wants, it wants what that want leads to.

Love that fades with effort is puppy love. Love that fulfills its obligations is real love.

Don’t discard your relationships when someone starts molting!

To enjoy long-term committed relationships we must accept the long-term responsibilities that come with them.

Bottom line: A mature relationship involves a real dog.

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good" (Romans 12:9, NLT).

Championship Fathering

Fatherhood Commitment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-09

Scripture: Joshua 24:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Hesitant Bride

Jesus' Love Weddings Commitment

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2015-07-14

Scripture: Revelation 19:7

Author: Thomas Bevers
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The Cost of the Big Game

Discipleship Commitment Adversity

Contributed By: Kenneth Sullivan | Date Posted: 2015-06-30

Scripture: Luke 14:25

Author: Kenneth Sullivan
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No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets

Missions Commitment Servanthood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-12

Scripture: Romans 12:1

Author: Howard Culbertson
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Discipleship is Costly

Discipleship Commitment Salvation

Contributed By: John Wilson | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: Luke 14:26

Author: Creation House
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Talking Turkey About Commitment

Commitment Generosity Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Sadly Love Won't Keep the Capt and Tennille Together

Love (Human) Divorce Commitment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-27

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8

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