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Don't Be A Pot Shot

Selfishness Ambition Disloyal

Source: WHY YOU SAY IT by Webb Garrison, pp. 251-52

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-21

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Romans 2:8

Author: Webb Garrison
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“Medieval sportsmen developed elaborate rules that governed hunting. By the time chivalry began to decline, such regulations had become well-entrenched customs. There were seasons for various game animals and birds, and restrictions designed to give quarry a sporting chance.

“A householder who simply wanted something to put in his pot tended to ignore the rules of good sportsmanship. Such a fellow seldom hesitated to shoot a young animal, or one out of season. Sometimes fields were even baited so that birds could be slaughtered from ambush.

“All rules were thrown aside when a person was shooting for the sake of fattening his own pot. Hence, we call a less than sporting attack … a pot shot.” 

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book before his death in 2000.

APPLICATION

We still fatten our pots today, but the game has changed. How willing we are to put others down to benefit ourselves and fatten our own pots!  

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians  2:3).
 
“But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:8).
 
“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:14-16).
 
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Giving Quotes Part 2

Giving Quotes Part 2

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Author: Various
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“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” [Jack London (1876-1916), American author, journalist, and social activist, most famous for his works THE CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG.]

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” [John Bunyan (1628-1688), English Christian writer and preacher, best known for his work PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.]

“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” [Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th president of the United States, author of the Gettysburg Address and champion of the Emancipation Proclamation.]

"The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall: but in charity there is no excess; neither can angel nor man come in danger by it." [Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author.]

"A man there was, though some did count him mad. The more he cast away, the more he had." [John Bunyan (1628-1688), English Christian writer and preacher, best known for his work PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.]

"Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore." [Hindu proverb]

"When our cup runs over, we let others drink the drops that fall, but not a drop from within the rim, and call it charity; when the crumbs are swept from our table, we think it generous to let the dogs eat them; as if that were charity which permits others to have what we cannot keep." [Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery.]

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Many of the above quotes contain their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the view of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of the editors of Illustration Exchange.

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Forgiveness Quotes Part 2

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-16

Author: Various
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"Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you." Dodinsky, Founder, the Garden of Thoughts and the author of the NY Times bestselling book IN THE GARDEN OF THOUGHTS.

"There’s no point in burying a hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site." Sydney Harris (1917-1986), American journalist and syndicated columnist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule." [Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002), Christian author, ethicist, theologian, and educator in the Reformed tradition.]

"To truly forgive is to allow the other person to forget." [Robert Brault, American free-lance writer who has contributed to magazines and newspapers in the USA for over 40 years.]

"God's forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections, admit our failures, and plead to God for clemency." [Jonathan Sacks (1948 - ), British rabbi and scholar of Judaism.]

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Many of the above quotes include their own points of application. They do not necessarily express the tenets of Orthodox Christianity or the opinions of the editors of Illustration Exchange.

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