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Strike Takes a Bite Out of Hostess Twinkie

Stubbornness Selfishness Compromise (Give-and-Take)

Source: "Hostess to close, lay off 18,500 after 'crippling' union fight," published November 16, 2012, FoxNews.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-17

Scripture: Philippians 2:4

Author: Staff Writers, Fox News
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ILLUSTRATION

An iconic brand is closing its doors:

A small union's stubbornness in contract talks with Hostess is being blamed for the shutdown of one of America's snack food icons, the loss of 18,500 jobs just before the holiday season and much-needed tax revenue from hundreds of plants and shops across the country.

The privately-held company had reached a deal with the Teamsters, but a smaller union representing bakery workers refused to agree to concessions, prompting the mass layoffs and closing down of hundreds of plants, bakeries and delivery routes. That prompted harsh words from both the company and from Teamsters officials.

"We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," Chief Executive Gregory Rayburn said in a statement. "Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders."

APPLICATION

There may be a fine line between standing on principle and selfish stubbornness. The courts and history will have to decide whether that line was crossed in the instance of Hostess snack foods. Nevertheless, digging in one's heels can often be a lose-lose proposition that may even come back to take a bite out of your Twinkie.

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Philippians 2:4).

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America's Longest Married Couple

Marriage Compromise (Give-and-Take) Die To Self

Source: “America’s longest married couple” by Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo News, 1/31/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-31

Scripture: Romans 12:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

 
A group called the Worldwide Marriage Encounter has certified that Wilbur and Teresa Faiss of Las Vegas, married in April 1933, are America’s longest married couple.  As they approach the celebration of their 80th wedding anniversary, the couple was asked the secret to a lasting union. "It's very simple. It's give and take and compromise."

APPLICATION

Most people don’t even live as long as these two have been “giving and taking.” While compromise may not be the sole criteria for a happy marriage, it's clearly a biblical key to ALL healthy relationships as we learn to “prefer one another in love “(Romans 12:10).

Jesus' Burden Is Light

Rest Relationships Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-02-02

Scripture: Matthew 11:29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Every human relationship carries with it a certain set of expectations. That responsibility differs depending on the nature of the relationship.  I have one set of responsibilities to those who hold authority over me, like my boss or my pastor.  I have another set of responsibilities to my friends, to my neighbors, to those I mentor, to my spouse, and yet another to my children. 

Needless to say, some of these relationships carry a weightier burden of responsibility than do others. 

APPLICATION

But who places the heaviest burden of expectation on you? For the Christian, the answer is easy, that would be God.  Right? After all, He is our Creator and all that we have we owe to HIm. 

Nevertheless, Jesus said that the burden of expectation He places on us is, comparatively speaking, light.  This is really an astounding statement.  How can our burden of responsibility to God be lighter than it is to others? Aren't we more accountable to Him than to anyone else? Absolutely! In a sense, every moral obligation we have to others goes back to God, Himself.

But the message of grace is that Jesus has taken all of the burdens of God's expectation from us and has placed them on Christ. So, according to Jesus, the lightest burden we will ever bear in any relationship will be with our Savior, who fulfilled all of our obligations. Who else in our life has ever released us like this? 

Jesus has fulfilled all that God expected of us and has replaced those expectations with an unconditional love that has freed us to just love Him back.  Truly, what was a burden has, in Christ, become a joy. 

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30). 

The Search for the Perfect Man

Humor Romance Relationships

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-03-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Unknown
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Are You Hardcore?

Love (Divine) Discipline (Self) Die To Self

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: Matthew 5:43 ; Romans 5:8

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How Your Girl Friend Reads Your Mind

Marriage Relationships God's Omniscience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-25

Scripture: Hebrews 4:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Cousin Craziness

Heaven Relationships Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Matthew 12:49

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Sharing Trade Secrets Or Sharing The Wealth?

Outreach Evangelism Unity

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2017-08-03

Scripture: Philippians 1:18

Author: Neal Pollard
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Division Is Never Good

Unity Love (Human) Fellowship

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10 ; Matthew 12:25

Author: Corey Sawyers
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Man Robs Bank To Escape Wife

Contentiousness Marriage Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-15

Scripture: Proverbs 25:24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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