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Chicago and Baltimore Flair With Violence Over Memorial Day

Violence Complacency Hardness of Heart

Source: “At Least 56 Reported Shot in Chicago’s Violent Memorial Day Weekend” BY MAX KUTNER, posted NEWSWEEK, 5/26/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Matthew 5:21

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“Memorial Day weekend was a violent one in Chicago,” reports NEWSWEEK Magazine, “where at least 56 people were shot and a dozen people died in shootings.”

The weekend was likewise exceedingly deadly in Baltimore where 29 were shot, 9 of them fatally.

One Chicago resident downplayed the violence, saying the media makes it all sound worse than it is, and the situation is not as dire as it seems. “We know that this happens in very large metropolitan areas. Chicago is no different than what’s going on in Baltimore, Philly or Detroit,” said Asiaha Butler, president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, the Chicago neighborhood where at least three of the shootings are reported to have happened. “I stayed on my porch this entire weekend. I barbequed this weekend. I did not hear one gunshot.”


Not as dire as it seems? Really?

In a culture and society where anger and conflict are increasingly solved by the pull of a trigger, it seems familiarity is not breeding contempt but rather complacency. This is what sin does—over time, it dulls our senses and callouses our hearts.

God forbid we get used to such staggering displays of man’s anger run amuck. In God’s economy, to even think angrily against another constitutes murder, and it is every bit as “dire as it seems.”

“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell” (Matthew 5:21-22, NLT).

Step Out of the Waiting Places

Opportunity Fear Complacency

Source: “The Best Lesson That Dr. Seuss Taught Us: Stay Out of the Waiting Place” by AJ Juliani, posted, retrieved 3/23/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-25

Author: AJ Julian


An education blogger recently posted a very poignant lesson learned from, none other than, the eternally wise Dr. Seuss:

Sure, he wrote “kids books”, but I never doubt for a moment the lessons his books can teach us adults as well. Dr. Seuss urges kids (and all of us) to stay out of the waiting place…

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

AJ Juliani is founder and chief-editor of Education Is My Life and The Best & Next in Education. He currently work as an Education and Technology Innovation Specialist.


Julian observes that it takes a combination of great curiosity AND great courage to step out of the “waiting” places and into the realm of unknown possibilities and opportunities. Indeed, fear and complacency can be equally paralyzing.

One can go through life waiting for opportunities to come their way…but chances are slim that they will unless you go out and grab them yourself. Now I try to live my life with courage, looking for opportunities and giving myself time to be curious. … Don’t let yourself stay in that waiting place. Be curious. Be courageous.

“He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus” (Mathew 14:29).

“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:6, NLT).

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT).

A Missing S Takes Down A Landmark Company

Mistakes Complacency Vigilance

Source: “Government in £9 million payout after single letter blunder causes business to collapse” by Camilla Turner, posted UK TELEGRAPH, January 27, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-29

Scripture: Luke 19:17 ; 1 Corinthians 10:12

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“It was a 124-year-old Welsh family business which took five generations to build up,” reports the UK Telegraph, “yet a blunder over a single letter was all that was needed to cause its collapse, leaving the Government with a multi-million dollar legal bill.”

This month (January 2015), a British high court has found that Companies House (an executive agency of the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) is liable for the damages associated with the collapse of the company.

At issue was an erroneous report published by Companies House stating that the prestigious engineering firm Taylor & Sons was “all wound up” (i.e., in liquidation). By the time Taylor & Sons caught the error just three days later, Companies House had already sold the information to the various credit bureaus. In an effort to protect their own assets, both clients and suppliers of the engineering firm began canceling orders and contracts immediately. Within just three weeks the company, said owner Phillip Davison-Serby was rendered ”so as to become of no real value.”

“We lost all our credibility as all our suppliers thought we were in liquidation,” said Davison-Serby. “It was like a snowball effect.”

All the while, the real credit problem was never with Taylor & Sons at all, but rather with a completely unrelated company called Taylor & Son (no “s”!).

A simple, careless typographical error resulted in the demise of a landmark company and the loss of livelihood for all its 250 employees.

“The administrative slip-up was the only one of its kind ever recorded at Companies House history,” reports the TELEGRAPH.

"That can only be,” said the judge, “because it was easy to avoid."


God calls us to faithfulness in both little things and great. Yet while we’re on our guard, paying such close attention to the details of the “great” things, we can all too easily fail in the “small" things. We become careless and unconcerned about those “little” sins because they seem, as the judge described, “so easy to avoid.”

Don't let the "snowball effect" of easy slip-ups render your great efforts to be of no value.

"'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities'"(Luke 19:17).

"“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Are You A Thermometer Or A Thermostat?

Influence Good Works Complacency

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-01-03

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Barnett Gushin

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Poems, Prayers and Promises

Complacency Church Health/Growth Ministry

Contributed By: Tom Snyder | Date Posted: 2013-01-28

Scripture: Matthew 9:17

Author: Tom Snyder

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Lights in Lamp Stores

Evangelism Church Health/Growth Complacency

Contributed By: Da Al | Date Posted: 2012-09-22

Scripture: Philippians 2:14

Author: D A

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The Parable of the Duck

Commitment Complacency Repentance

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

Scripture: James 1:22 ; Matthew 7:24

Author: Soren Kierkagaard

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Thou Shalt Never Be A Bystander

Oppression Compassion Complacency

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-04

Scripture: Genesis 4:9 ; Jeremiah 9:23

Author: Yehuda Bauer

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Full Stomachs, Empty Hearts

Gluttony Complacency Mortality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-24

Scripture: Proverbs 1:32

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Christianity Is Inconvenient

Discipleship Laziness Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-13

Scripture: Matthew 16:24 ; Galatians 6:1

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