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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

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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). 

Skeletons In Lawn Chairs

Gossip Discernment Judging

Source: Preacher Pollard's Blog, Skeletons In Lawn Chairs, posted 5/7/15

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-05-16

Scripture: Proverbs 18:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

A man who was snorkeling in the Colorado River may have been expecting to find plants, aquatic life, and even ruins, but he did not expect to find two skeletons sitting in lawn chairs 40 feet below the surface.  The man was frightened, undoubtedly convinced he’d stumbled across a relatively recent tragedy. There was a sign with the date August 16, 2014, alongside the “bodies.”

Dutifully, the man reported the find to the La Paz County sheriff’s office, which investigated the scene. The whole thing turns out to have been a hoax, a set up which law enforcement believes to have been nothing more than an attempt to be funny (AP report, 5/7/15, via foxnews.com).

APPLICATION

Perhaps you have heard the adage, “Only believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”  We do not want to go through life as cynical skeptics, but there is truth to the idea that looks can be deceiving. 

Sometimes we can mistake someone’s bad day or scowled face as anger or a vendetta against us.  We can be guilty of judging a book by its cover.  We may overhear part of a conversation, drawing an unwarranted conclusion without the benefit of “the rest of the story.”  We may think we know the circumstances or character of someone’s life based on partial “evidence.”  So many times, it is just hard to know.  In the end, what we thought we saw, heard, and knew turns out to be different from the reality.
 
Jesus warned, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24).  The Old Law had a similar admonition: “Judge your neighbor fairly” (Lev. 19:15). Proverbs 18:13 warns, “He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.” 
 
When it comes to our dealings with anyone, but especially our brethren, we should be sure we have the whole picture. That preacher may not be the false teacher he is painted out to be.  That brother or sister may not be mad at you, but hurting for unrelated reasons.  That rumor or piece of gossip may be totally unfounded.  “Hastiness” can be hurtfulness (cf. Prov. 21:5; 29:20; Ecc. 5:2).  In a rush to get the scoop, let’s always be sure we’ve got the whole truth!
 

Postal Carrier's Message to Congress Wasn't Delivered

Witness Respect Discernment

Source: “Not Delivered: Gyrocopter Pilot's Message” By Newser Editors and Wire Services, Posted Newser.com, Apr 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Doug Hughes is a United States Postal Carrier with what he considers to be a crucial message which he passionately believes in: We need political/governmental fiscal reform. "We need to be worried about the piles of money that are going into Congress.”

He thought it might be effective to get his message across to Congress by making a play on his postal carrier status. So he wrote a letter, copied it, and addressed it in 535 separate envelopes to every member of Congress. He then decided to deliver them personally, not by making an appointment at each Congressional office, but by violating national airspace and illegally landing his gyrocopter, with the letters in tow, on the grounds of Capitol Hill!

For his efforts, Hughes was arrested and “returned to his home in Florida to await prosecution on charges of violating national airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft. … He will wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet until a May 8, 2015 court hearing in Washington.” Needless to say, the letters were not “delivered” nor the messages read.

Hughes has expressed great frustration that his “message wasn’t getting through.” It seems that the Secret Service and Congress were far more concerned about all the laws he broke and potential lapses in national security than the contents of his 535 letters.

Hughes' antics were disruptive (not to mention expensive!). He respected neither the laws of the land, nor the time or attention of the Congress he sought to engage.

APPLICATION

As Christians, we have a crucial message to share—the message of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We must exercise discernment in how we choose to package and deliver that message, however, if we want our message to “get through.”

Respect is key if we wish to engage our culture in an open and honest exchange.

“… but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong” (1 Peter 3:15-18).

Following the Leader

Followership Accountability Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-26

Scripture: Luke 6:40 ; Numbers 16:1

Author: Kent Crockett
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Following the Leader

Followership Discernment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Author: Kent Crockett
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Use Your Sixth Sense

Spiritual Blindness Discernment Faith

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-18

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 ; 1 Corinthians 2:14

Author: Dick Staub
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"I Know It When I See It"

Word of God Morality Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-06

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16

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Googling Wisdom

Wisdom Knowledge Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-30

Scripture: Proverbs 4:7 ; Proverbs 9:10

Author: Robert Steck
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Are You A Swimming Tongue?

Experiencing God Devotion Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-02-07

Scripture: Psalms 34:8

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10 Pounds of Discernment

Discernment Spiritual Blindness Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-08

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:14

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