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Sleeping With One Eye Open

Watching for Jesus Second Coming Urgency

Source: "The Science of Sleeping Seals" published on Ripley's Believe It Or Not, July 3, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-04

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Ever felt the need to sleep with one eye open? Too bad it's impossible. Or is it?

Unihemispheric slow-wave sleep is an actual phenomenon in nature whereby a creature can split its consciousness in two, with one half its brain sleeping while the other remains wakeful.

A great example is found in seals. While in unihemispheric sleep, they literally keep one eye opened and the other eye closed! "This half-brain sleep only occurs while they are in the water, but when they come up to sleep on land, they sleep with their whole brains turned off like humans."

Note: Other examples of animals which engage in unihemispheric sleep are mallard ducks, peregrine falcons, porpoises, sea lions and dolphins.

APPLICATION

The Lord has called us to be watchful and wakeful as we await His return. Obviously, we can't literally stay awake 24/7. But we can sleep with one eye open, so to speak, always conscious and aware that He could return at any moment. Don't behave like beached seals who "sleep with their whole brains turned off."

"For you know quite well that the day of the Lord's return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. … So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded" (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 6, NLT). 

Wrestling The Impossible

Evangelism Determination Urgency

Source: "Mother battles gator to save son" as retold in POWER POINTS FOR SUCCESS by Bob Harrison, p. 202

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-01

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:2 ; Joshua 1:7

Author: Bob Harrison / Illustration Exchange
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Success guru Bob Harrison shares the story of a twelve year old by who was snorkeling in a river when he was bitten on the head by an alligator:

Seeing the emergency, the boy's mother reached out and yanked her son from the moth of the eleven-foot alligator. The ensuing struggle broke the child's leg but saved his life.

In times of emergency, many people somehow receive the courage and ability to do what is seemingly impossible. However, in the normal course of life, if something seems too difficult for them or when they are confronted with what seems impossible, they either don't try or they give up.

Bob Harrison is a Best-selling author and noted seminar/conference speaker. His motivational teachings on "success" have been shared with thousands of seminar groups, churches, conferences, companies, and television audiences worldwide.

APPLICATION

Could it be that your problem isn't the impossible task before you as much as the lack of urgency within you?

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go" (Joshua 1:7).

Alternative Application:

What if we where as urgent about saving souls as this mother was about saving her son?

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2).

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Age Is No Enemy

Aging Urgency Ambition

Source: He Still Moves Mountains, pp. 78-79

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-16

Author: Max Lucado
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ILLUSTRATION

In his book, “He Still Moves Stones,” Max Lucado lists several prominent persons who accomplished as much or more in retirement as they did in their so called prime:

Othmar Ammann designed the Connecticut and New Jersey turnpikes, the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Dulles Airport, the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the Verrazzano Bridge...AFTER he retired!

Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize in literature ... at the age of 79!

Heinrich Schliemann retired from business to look for Homer’s legendary city of Troy...and found it!

Finally, he sights J.C. Penney, who at 95 yrs old, said, “My eyesight may be getting weaker, but my vision is increasing.”

APPLICATION

By way of application, Mr. Lucado suggests, “As we get older, our vision should improve. Not our vision of earth but our vision of heaven. Those who have spent their life looking for heaven gain a skip in their step as the city comes into view.”

Max concludes by suggesting that there is much to do and little time to do it before we are welcomed into that great city.  We must therefore approach all of life, not just our prime, with what he calls a “well founded urgency...Days pass.  Years fade.  And life ends.  And what we came to do must be done while there is time...Age is no enemy.  Age is a mile-marker—a gentle reminder that home has never been so near."

We Must Be Ready

Urgency Indifference Watching for Jesus

Contributed By: Myke Merrill | Date Posted: 2011-03-18

Scripture: Matthew 24:44

Author: Myke Merrill
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Are You Ready For Company?

Procrastination Second Coming Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Bren Glass | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 24:44 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:4

Author: Bren Glass
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Remembered

Influence Priorities Legacy

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-05-26

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10

Author: Dennis Hevesi
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A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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Fishing For A Friend?

Loneliness Evangelism Friendship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Scripture: Matthew 4:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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When Are You Going To Die?

Gratitude Mortality Priorities

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2017-10-12

Scripture: Psalms 90:12

Author: Charles Krieg
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A Lesson In Stacking Priorities

Priorities Love for God Success

Contributed By: Jason Sommerfeldt | Date Posted: 2017-10-07

Scripture: Matthew 22:37 ; Matthew 6:33

Author: Jason Sommerfeldt
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