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Rapper Layzie Bone Saves Life on the Road

Help Preparation Vigilance

Source: “Famous Hip-Hop Artist Helps Assist Man In Diabetic Shock In Wyoming” by Wendi Lane, posted KCWY13.com, May 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-20

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ILLUSTRATION

Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse—a famous Hip-Hop artist with the Grammy award winning, multi-platinum band Bone Thugs-n-Harmony—was driving through Wyoming on the way to a concert to promote his new album PERFECT TIMING, when out of nowhere a car came careening toward him.

“He went from one side of the road to the other side of the road, left, right, left, right and a quarter mile up, oncoming traffic was coming, so you know we were screaming we were scared for him.” The car narrowly missed several vehicles before spinning out and coming to a stop right in front of Layzie’s car.

He and other witnesses, sure that they would find evidence of alcohol or drugs, rushed to the vehicle to see if they could help. What they found was a man incoherently babbling with no smell of alcohol on his breath nor evidence of any in the car. It didn’t take long for them to come to the conclusion that this was possibly some kind of blood sugar issue.

Layzie quickly ran to his car and fetched fruit and chocolate which he was carrying as road snacks. He began frantically feeding the man, helping to stabilize his blood sugar until paramedics could arrive.

So what did the PERFECT TIMING rapper have to say about his efforts? “I guess I was in the right place at the right time to be of some assistance.”

APPLICATION

Quick thinking, a little preparedness, and a willingness to respond were all it took for Layzie Bone to save a life. Are you ready and willing to do the same as God presents you with opportunities to make a difference in the life of another—maybe even a complete stranger?

Spiritually and physically needy people are all around us. We are in the “right place at the right time” more than we care to acknowledge. All that’s lacking is a little quick thinking, a little preparedness, and a willingness to respond.

"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others" (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

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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ILLUSTRATION

“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."

APPLICATION

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).

Not-So-Sudden Sudden Disaster

Laziness Vigilance Consequences

Source: CHOICE CONTEMPORARY STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS FOR PREACHERS, TEACHERS, AND WRITERS by Craig Brian Larson, p. 65

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-19

Scripture: Galatians 6:7 ; 1 Timothy 4:15

Author: Craig Larson / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

According to the Associated Press,” reports Craig Larson, “on December 14, 1996, a 763-foot grain freighter, the Bright Field, was heading down the Mississippi at New Orleans, Louisiana, when it lost control, veered toward the shore, and crashed into a riverside shopping mall."

On hundred sixteen people were injured, parts of the wharf were demolished, as well as significant damage incurred to neighboring shops, restaurants, and hotels.

Says Larson:

After investigating the accident for a year, the Coast Guard reported that the freighter had lost control because the engine had shut down. The engine had shut down because of low oil pressure. The oil pressure was low because of a clogged oil filter. Ant the oil filter was clogged because the ships crew had failed to maintain the engine properly.

APPLICATION

Larson concludes, “Sudden disasters frequently have a long history behind them”

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).

“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress” (1 Timothy 4:15, NLT).

“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9, ESV).

“The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor” (Proverbs 12:24, ESV).

Dangers of Daydream Driving

Devotion Distractions Vigilance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-24

Scripture: various

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You'll Know It When You See It

Second Coming Tribulation Period Watching for Jesus

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-04-02

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 ; Romans 3:25

Author: Jeff Scanga
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The Doomsday Clock

Watching for Jesus End Times Prophecy

Contributed By: Matthew Kruse | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11

Author: Matthew Kruse
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Praying In The Wrong Direction

Prayer Perseverance God's Will

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Matthew 7:7 ; 1 John 5:14

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The 950th Time Is A Charm

Perseverance Reward Inspiration

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-12-23

Scripture: Galatians 6:9 ; James 1:12

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The Butterfly Effect

Ministry Faithfulness Influence

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: Matthew 13:32

Author: James Miller
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Don't Be Remembered For The Time You Quit

Endurance Faithfulness Perseverance

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:4 ; Job 3:1

Author: Howard Harden
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