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Stingy Witness

Witness Hypocrisy Cheapskate

Source: “Restaurant manager fed up with religious pamphlets as 'tips,'” by Elizabeth Thomas, WCNC Staff, January 21, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-01

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ; 1 Timothy 5:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Penny Craver, general manager of a pizza restaurant, came to the defense of one of her wait staff who received a religious pamphlet from and a very small tip from a patron. That's when Craver decided to do something about it. She looked up the church listed on the pamphlet, Harbor Baptist Church in Charlotte, and wrote an email to the church's pastor. It reads:

Pastor Simmons:

I am the general manager of Dish (restaurant) in Plaza Midwood. Imagine one of my server's surprise when she received a small pamphlet (Every one of us will face eternity one day) instead of a tip when she served what I assume was one of your congregation. Her particular religious beliefs are not discussed at work; however, I do know that this pamphlet can not pay her mortgage or her electric bill. It concerns me that someone would consider a pamphlet fair monetary exchange. Suppose your congregation felt it was sufficient to tithe their personal writings instead of 10% of their income. Your church wouldn't be paying their bills for very long. I think it would be great if you used this in a sermon. Pride, one of the 7 Deadly Sins, is considered, on almost every list, the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins: the source of the others. It is identified as believing that one is essentially better than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). I think it could be educational for at least one member of your congregation. Thank you very much for your time.

Craver says she felt compelled to write the email because this was the third or fourth time that particular employee had received a religious pamphlet in lieu of a tip. "The waitress works hard-- when she's able to pick up shifts between her classes," Craver says, "and those pamphlets aren't helping to pay her bills."

APPLICATION

Stingy people will always be among us, Christian or not. The difference is the Christian has no excuse. To whom much is given, much is required.

However, in general, most studies show that people of faith are more giving of their time and money. When something like this happens, it's news because we all recognize the hypocrisy of it. When was the last time an atheist stiffing a waitress made a headline? The point is the world watches us with far more scrutiny. 

That’s why our deeds are even more important than our pamphlets, or even the words we speak in witnessing to others.

“For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

“For Scripture says, "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages” (1 Timothy 5:18).

Wedding Guest Asked To "Adjust" Gift

Contentment Generosity Entitlement

Source: “Outrage over wedding gift that ‘wasn’t generous enough’” By Toby Meyjes for Metro.co.uk, May 10th, 2016 7:55 pm

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-12

Scripture: Hebrews 13:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Toby Meyjes, writing for Metro, reports on a wedding guest who revealed she was contacted by newlyweds to say her gift wasn’t generous enough.

The unnamed guest posted to a forum on Mumsnet asking for advice after she was told the £100 cheque she provided wasn’t enough.

She revealed how the couple, who had asked for cash gifts, had emailed to say they were ‘surprised’ by her contribution and suggested an ‘adjustment.’

She went on to say that the bride and groom declared ‘we were surprised that your contribution didn’t seem to match the warmth of your good wishes on our big day.

They added: ‘In view of your own position, if you wanted to send any adjustment it would be thankfully received.’

The wedding guest assumed that the reference to her position was in regard to a recent inheritance. She then asked …

'Should I reply, ring them, ignore it or what?’

The suggestions ranged from ‘cancelling’ the check, to telling mutual friends about the incident, to sending a glitter bomb. 

Instead, she chose to respond with the following: 

‘I assume this was some sort of mistake?’

 

 

APPLICATION

Many of us struggle with being as generous as our faith calls us to be. But perhaps the real lesson of this story lies at the other end: Learning to be content with what we receive. Judging others for their lack of generosity comes easy.  What’s much harder is to keep one’s own sense of entitlement in check.  The world doesn’t owe us as much as we tend to think.  When we have to resort to shaming others to get what we want out of them, it might be time to let it go. It’s just not worth forfeiting our contentment, not to mention the likelihood of losing a relationship.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you' ” (Hebrews 13:5). 

Daddy, Can We Get A Puppy?

Selfishness Desires Self-deceived

Source: "God Looks at the Heart: A Study of First Samuel," FLEX Adult Bible Study Curriculum by Glenn Newton

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Contributed By: Glenn Newton | Date Posted: 2016-03-21

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:

Author: Glenn Newton
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ILLUSTRATION

If you are a parent, you’ve heard these words before: “Mommy, Daddy, can we get a puppy?” And, if you are smart, you responded with the following: “You know puppies are a lot of trouble. You would have to walk it at least three times a day and make sure it is fed. You would have to bathe it at least twice a week and brush it every day. You would also have to train it and take it outside to use the bathroom. And if it ever poo-poo’s or tee-tee’s in the house, it would be your responsibility to clean it up.”

Although the above lecture is normally used as a doggie deterrent, most children respond by saying, “I don’t care. I wouldn’t mind doing all that as long as I had a puppy!” So we break down and buy the puppy, and a month later we are stuck feeding, walking and cleaning up after it. The exasperated child says, “I just didn’t know how much work it would be!”

APPLICATION

In chapter 8 of I Samuel, we find an aging Samuel and a demanding Israelite nation that was much like a child demanding a puppy of his parents. But instead of a puppy, Israel was demanding a king. Samuel attempted to warn them. Paraphrased, he said, “You know kings are a lot of trouble. He will take your sons and turn them into soldiers. He will take your daughters and make them cook for him. And much of the food they will be cooking will be food he has taken from you. Also, if he wants to, he will take your servants and animals and make them his. He will treat you so badly that it will make you cry out in regret.”  

Yet just like a child wanting a puppy, they replied, “We don’t care. We wouldn’t mind all that as long as we had a king.” Although Samuel couldn’t have made it any clearer, they could not see through their own selfishness to the negative result that would come from their request. The fact is that when we are being completely selfish, no amount of good reasoning will help us see things differently. We become blinded by our own desires.

The difficult thing about a heart of selfishness is that it is hard to detect. We think we are being reasonable, justified, or even optimistic, when in reality we are blinded by our own wants.

A Most Generous Christmas Bonus

Christmas Generosity Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15 ; Isaiah 9:6

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Pass The Plate

Giving Generosity Witness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-23

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:7

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What Prompts You To Give It Away

Motivation Generosity Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-27

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: Stan Copeland
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CEO Slashes Own Salary to Better Pay His Employees

Generosity Jealousy Reward

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

Scripture: Luke 6:39 ; Matthew 20:1

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Giving Quotes

Giving Quotes Giving Generosity

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

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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Ford vs. Cadilliac

Spiritual Gifts Honesty Generosity

Contributed By: John Wilson | Date Posted: 2015-03-08

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:12

Author: Martin Luther King
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New Report Shows the Wealthy Give Less When Times Are Tough

Generosity Affluence Compassion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

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