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When Will Rogers Wept

Sadness Compassion Trouble

Source: my own Scriptural research

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2012-06-16

Scripture: Psalms 56:8

Author: Rod Crowell
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ILLUSTRATION

Will Rogers, America's favorite cowboy-comedian of the 1930s, was adept at making others laugh.  But one day his friend Milton Berry, founder of a rehab center in Los Angeles for accident victims, saw Will Rogers weep as he ducked into a bathroom to release his pent-up sadness over the victims' disfigurements.  He sobbed like a child, then emerged from the rest room smiling and laughing as before.  He could not let the public see him weep lest his tears should spoil his humor.

APPLICATION

Christianity, unlike Stoicism, is marked by compassion and willingness to enter into the pain of another's suffering.  Jesus was unafraid to let his own tears show over the death of his friend Lazarus (John 11:35).  Our tears are precious to God, for He numbers them just as surely as the hairs on our heads.  

 

"You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book" (Psalm 56:8).

 

Blue Monday

Fact or Fiction? Depression Sadness

Source: msnbc.com 1/12/11

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-25

Scripture: Acts 17:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Fact or Fiction?  The last Monday in January is the saddest day of the year.
The answer?  A little of both.

Some six years ago a travel company, Sky Travel, paid a supposed British research psychologist, Cliff Arnall, to devise a formula for calculating the saddest day of the year.  According to an MSNBC report, the equation (based on personal interviews and variables like the rate of absenteeism from work and personal debt) is "broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action."

So what was the answer to the equation?  Blue Monday--the last Monday in January. A combination of bad weather, lack of sunlight, being shut in, accumulated debt from Christmas and New Years all work together to leave us feeling less than hopeful and energetic.


Is it good science?  That's debatable according to many in the field.  The author of the equation was not a staff research scientist, nor even a Psychology professor, but merely a part-time tutor at an esteemed UK university.  But it is nevertheless generally agreed that for many this is not a "happy" time of year. 

APPLICATION

As Blue Monday rolls around this year, we would do well to engage in a little self-examination.  Upon what list of criteria do we base our happiness? Our contentedness?  Without Christ in the equation, a beautiful, sunny day enjoyed in perfect health and wealth is far sadder than any dreary day spent in the light of hope in Christ.

Jesus is the real answer to our search for happiness. Every day without Him is a sad day.  

“For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28a).

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Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day

Joy Circumstances Happiness

Source: Time Magazine

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: John 15:11

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

Time magazine ran an article recently titled “14 Ways to Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day."  The author, Ellen Seidman,  began: "Sometime this morning, during your shower or at work, you probably did a mental run-through of your day. You decided when you’d tackle various tasks and errands. Perhaps you vowed to hit the gym at lunchtime. Maybe you plotted to get out of something (apologies, PTA meeting). The one thing you forgot to plan for: happiness.”

The author then gives a list of 14 ways to be happy suggested by Barbara Fredrickson, a social psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The list, among other things, includes the following suggestions about how to be happy:  Make happiness your goal, know what makes you happy, prioritize it, think happy thoughts, and make Sunday future-fun day (make plans for the next weekend).

APPLICATION

A man, living in the third century, was dying when he wrote these last words to a friend: "It's a bad world, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. They are truly a joyful people. These people are the Christians ... and I am one of them" (Riding the Joy Train by Wanda Jo Pence, p.18).

We who are Christians, followers of Christ, have learned a great secret: Jesus is the reason for the joy of joys. His presence in our life and the promise of eternal life in heaven with Him brings a transcendent joy to any set of circumstances.

If you want to squeeze more joy out of everyday life, fit more of Jesus into it!

Jesus said, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11). 

Happy Birthday Pothole!

Trials Joy Attitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-20

Scripture: James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Unmixed Devotion

Joy Compromise (Convictions) Carnality

Contributed By: Matt Guldi | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Romans 8:6 ; 1 Corinthians 10:21

Author: Francis Chan
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Man Interrupts His Own Memorial

Easter Resurrection Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-28

Scripture: Romans 8:21 ; 1 Peter 3:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Super Man Saves The Family House

Joy Salvation Christmas

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-12

Scripture: Luke 2:10

Author: RAY SANCHEZ / Illustration Exchange
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Winning The Lottery Without Losing At Life

Happiness Wealth Contentment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-13

Scripture: Proverbs 10:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Happiness Police

Happiness Great Commission Witness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-15

Scripture: John 15:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Working For The Man

Work Joy Servanthood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-16

Scripture: Colossians 3:17 ; Psalms 16:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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