Wisdom Illustrations

  • sky raysThis is the beginning of a new day.

    You have been given

    this day to use as you will.

    You can waste it or use it for good.

    What you do today is important

    because you are exchanging

    a day of your life for it.

    When tomorrow comes,

    this day will be gone forever;

    in its place is something that

    you have left behind...

    let it be something good.

    - Author unknown

  • passportUnfortunately, getting a new passport required a new photo. As I handed my ten-year-old passport and the new picture to the clerk, I sighed. "I like the original better," I told her.

    "Trust me," she said. "Ten years from now, you'll like this one."

  • golf stanceThe newest member of the country club was taking his initiatory round of golf with the club's officers. He was nervous about making a good impression. He teed up the ball, spread his feet apart, fixed his stance, and took a healthy swing. The golf club removed about a pound of turf, but left the ball intact. Terribly embarrassed, the man again planted his feet, took another healthy swing, and again, totally missed the ball. Although thoroughly exasperated, once again he spread his feet apart, fixed his stance, and took a vibrant swing----and for the third time missed. Whereupon he looked up and said, "Wow, this sure is a tough course."

    Many of us are more like that golfer than we care to admit. We spend our time and energy blaming our problems on circumstances and conditions and cultural contexts, when we should be changing our stance.

    - Leonard Sweet

  • store signWhen a man pulled two guns on convenience store clerk Wazir Jiwi and demanded money, Jiwi asked how much he wanted for one of the guns. He said $100, which Jiwi paid him. Then Jiwi offered to buy the second gun. The robber handed it over, grabbed the cash and headed for the exit. But Jiwi had pushed a button under the counter that automatically locked the door.

    "The thief turned to me and asked what was going on," Jiwi says. "I told him to bring the money back and I would let him go. He brought the money back, and I opened the door."

  • drum2There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various attempts were made to do something about the child.

    One person told the boy that he would if he continued to make so much noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.

  • job applicationA company was hiring new staff. One question in the written application was:

    You are driving your car in a wild stormy night. You pass by a bus station, and you see three people waiting for the bus: an old lady who looks as if she is about to die, a doctor who had once saved your life, a man/woman you have been dreaming to be with. You can only take one passenger in your car. Which one will you choose? Please explain your answer.

    Think about it before you continue reading.

    This must be some kind of personality test. Every answer has its reasoning.

  • boxI bought a box of self-improvement tapes: "How To Handle Disappointment."

    I got it home and the box was empty.

  • children4"The only accidents are the ones you make in your pants."
    Ari K, age 7

    "Everyone has feelings, except for snakes and principals."
    Donna Maria G, age 9

    "Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and the world laughs at you."
    Rob P, age 8

    "If life gives you nothing but lemons, make up a better shopping list for it."
    Steven B, age 8

  • butterflyFor attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

    For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.

    To lose weight, let go of stress, hatred, anger, discontentment, and the need to control others.

    To improve your ears, listen to the Word of God.

    For poise, walk with knowledge and self-esteem.

    To strengthen your arms, hug at least 3 people a day; touch someone with your love.

  • puzzleHere are some life lessons I've learned from jigsaw puzzles:

    Don't force a fit. If something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.

    When things aren't going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.

    Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.

  • class1A Sunday school teacher was giving her class the assignment for the next week.

    "Next Sunday," she said, "we are going to talk about liars, and in preparation for our lesson I want you all to read the seventeenth chapter of Mark."

    The following week, at the beginning of the class meeting, the teacher said, "Now then, all of you who have prepared for the lesson by reading the seventeenth chapter of Mark, please step to the front of the room."

    About half the class rose and came forward.

    "The rest of you may leave," said the teacher. "These students are the ones I want to talk to. There is no seventeenth chapter in the Book of Mark."

  • farmer2Farmer Josh killed a pig and hung it up for the night, intending to butcher it in the morning, but the next day it was gone. He didn't tell a soul about it, and nothing happened for more than two months.

    Then another farmer, who lived down the road, came by and said, "By the way Josh, did you ever find out who stole your pig?"

    "Nope," said Josh. "Not until just now."

  • locksmithMy friend's father is a locksmith in a resort town.

    Once he saw a group of beach goers park near his shop and dump trash from their car on his property.

    As soon as they were out of sight, the locksmith picked the lock on their car door, put the garbage back inside and re-locked the car.

  • Strength and CourageIt takes strength to be firm
    It takes courage to be gentle.

    It takes strength to stand guard.
    It takes courage to let down your guard

    It takes strength to conquer.
    It takes courage to surrender.

  • stormThis is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

    You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:

    1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
    2. An old friend who once saved your life.
    3. The perfect man (or woman) you have been dreaming about.

    Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car? Think before you continue reading. 

  • ancient greeceIn ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

    One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

    "Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

    "Triple filter?"

  • man old2*Grandpa's Pearls of Wisdom*

    - Whether a man winds up with the nest egg or a goose egg depends a lot on the kind of chick he marries.

    - Trouble in marriage often starts when a man gets so busy earnin' his salt that he forgets his sugar.

    - Too many couples marry for better or for worse, but not for good.