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The Crew Behind the Counter

Community Servanthood Humility

Source: Excerpted from a Facebook post by Jess Wilson, Diary of a Mom, posted 11/24/23, retrieved 11/28/23

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-11-28

Scripture: Romans 12:4 ; Philippians 2:4

Author: Illustration Exchange


Jess Wislon, of Diary of Mom blog, observes:

I LOVE this picture of Julia Child filming French Chef back in 1963. There are 5 people - FIVE! - sitting on the floor of the set, crammed behind her kitchen island, hidden from the camera's view. One of the five is holding at the ready a pie tin, which will undoubtedly be magically transported into her hand momentarily. 

*Photo from WGBH TV, "The French Chef," which first aired February 11, 1963. 

She continues:

Heck, even Julia Child couldn’t cook like Julia Child. At least not alone. 


Our Christian experience is much like the 1960s set of Julia Child's TV kitchen. So much is going on behind the scenes to prop us up, support us, assist us. We were not meant to serve up the dish we call the Christian life alone!

In fact, the Lord calls us — nay, commands us! — to function in community ... "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2, ESV).

Why? Because we are, in fact, one body. "For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (Romans 12:4-5, ESV).

Julia Childs didn't become the world's most reknown French chef in a vaccuum. 

It might have been Julia's hands the camera focused on, stirring the pot, whisking the batter, kneeding the dough, but behind her, all around her, beneath her, was a whole army of community helping her to be all she could be. 

We are no less called to be that supporting cast for one another. Sometimes, we'll walk beside each other. But just as often, we might find ourselves behind, or even beneath each other. In those moments, remember: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:4-6, ESV).

In the Christian life, as the cameras are all focusing on you, don't forget to look around, behind, and beneath for all those who are supporting you, and give thanks that you are not called to live your life in a vaccum! 

And likewise, when you see all the focus on another, don't hesitate, even for a moment, to crawl behind the counter, to stoop down beneath another brother or sister in the Lord, to help them shine and be the very best they can be!

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, ESV).

"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV).

Who Will Save You When You're Under Too Long

Friendship Accountability Community

Source: When a U.S. swimmer sank to the bottom of the pool, her coach jumped in to save her

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-08-07

Scripture: Proverbs 17:7 ; Galatians 6:2

Author: Illustration Exchange


At the at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships, two-time US Olympian swimmer, Anita Alvarez ,was finishing her "artistic" swimming routine in the solo freestyle final when she suddenly sank to the bottom of the pool.

Crowds stood stunned when they realized she was not surfacing in a timely way. Her team coach, Andrea Fuentes, herself an Olympic swimmer, frantically tried to get the attention of the lifeguards, but to no avail. 

"I saw that the lifeguards were not jumping into the water because they were paralyzed. I was shouting at them from the other side to get into the water, now! I saw them looking dumbfounded, so I jumped into the water and straight towards her ... I saw how she was sinking and I swam as fast as I could. I did the fastest freedive of my life, faster than when I was preparing for the Olympics," Fuentes said according to El Pais.

It seems that Alvarez took in water on the last leg of her performance and passed out. Medical personnel were able to resucitate and treat her. 

Because of her coach's quick action, she made a full recovery, and even returned to competition the following season.

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One social media influencer tweeted this repsonse to the dramatic rescue:

"If Andrea would not have noticed, she would have drown. But she knew Anita. She looked for her, quickly noticed she was under too long, then dove in without thinking twice. 

This has resonated with me. ...

When you are under too long, who are the people that will look for you, notice, and dive in to pull you to the surface when you lose your strength to swim? Who are the people that would do that for you? 

And can someone count on you to be that person that would go looking and notice when they are under too long, diving in to support them when they are all out of fight and fuel to swim in these turbulent waters we call life? -- Original tweet by @TaraBull808, later shared on Facebook.

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:7, ESV).

"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2, NIV).

"We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters" (1 John 3:16, NLT).


Eudardo, Come and Find Juan Cruz!

Evangelism Community Church/Body of Christ

Source: YouTube Video and “Who is Eduardo, Juan Cruz’s father” published on, September, retrieved 9/27/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-09-29

Scripture: Luke 19:10 ; Matthew 9:37

Author: Illustration Exchange


When a young boy became separated from his father on the streets of a busy Argentinian city last month, a concerned pedestrian promptly came to attend to him. He asked him his name and his father’s name. He then hoisted the young man onto his shoulders and began crying out, “Eduardo, come and find Juan Cruz!”

It wasn’t long before all the diners and pedestrians in the busy square began chanting aloud with him, “Eduardo, come and find Jaun Cruz!”

Soon, even a street band took up the call, quickly turning the chant into a song, and playing along with all the concerned citizens, singing together, “Eduardo, come and find Juan Cruz!”

Panic turned to comfort, encouragement, and support. It turned into a collective mission, as the entire community banded together to reunite young Juan Cruz with his father.

And it worked! Dad heard the commotion, followed the sound of the chants, zeroed in on the location, and ran to gather his son into his arms.

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What is the Great Commission, what is our mission, if not to help lost souls to find their way back to their heavenly Father?  To this end, the Christian Church must band together with the same passion, purpose, and collective mission as the diners and pedestrians who chanted, “Eduardo, come and find Jaun Cruz!”

What would happen if we united in solidarity with one another to pray for, and minister to, and witness to each other’s lost family members, neighbors, friends, even strangers, hoisting them up on our shoulders, so to speak, to give them a view of the Father? Calling the Father to come and find them! Praying together, with each other and for each other, “Father, come and find my brother! Joe’s neighbor! Sharon’s employer!”

Lord, give us, your Church, as much passion for the lost as that crowd had for little Juan Cruz to be reunited with his father.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10, ESV).

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:4 - 7, ESV).

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’” (Matthew 9:37, ESV).

"Bee" Devoted to One Another in Brotherly Love

Church/Body of Christ Community Servanthood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-08-13

Scripture: Romans 12:10 ; 1 Corinthians 12:26

Author: Unknown

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The Lost One

Evangelism Community Compassion

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: Acts 2:46 ; Isaiah 6:8

Author: James Miller

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I Wish My Teacher Knew ...

Community Transparency Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Ephesians 4:16 ; Galatians 6:2

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The Trajectory of Language

Communication Relationships Community

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-14

Scripture: Ephesians 4:29

Author: Richard Swenson

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Gratitude Trumps Loss

Gratitude Cynicism Community

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-06

Scripture: Galatians 6:2

Author: Lane Wallace

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The Church -- God's Superorganism

Cooperation Church/Body of Christ Fellowship

Contributed By: Marcelle Smith | Date Posted: 2024-02-06

Scripture: Romans 12:4 ; Ephesians 4:6

Author: Marcelle Smith

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Counterfeit Giftedness

Spiritual Gifts Potential Talents

Contributed By: Herry Herry | Date Posted: 2024-01-27

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10 ; Romans 12:6


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