Illustration results for Greed
Conference after conference is held to discuss the destruction of the Earth’s environment and to solve the poverty of two thirds of the world’s population but very little gets done when the talking is over. Isn’t it essentially a problem of selfishness, greed and exploitation? Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, said famously, “When missionaries came to South Africa, they had the Bible and we (the Africans) had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land!”
YOU BE JESUS!
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake; I can wait."
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Okay; Ryan, you be Jesus!"
A man calls up this very rich man in the community and says, "Our records shows that you have never given to our charity and we were wondering if you would like to donate?"
The rich man replied, "Does your record show I have a elderly mother who was left penniless when my father died, a disabled brother who is unable to work, or a widowed sister with small children who can barely make ends meet?"
"No, sir, our records don't show those things."
"Well, if I don't give to them, what makes you think I would give to you!"
HOW I WANT TO GO
An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his Doctor and his Lawyer, both church members, to come to his home. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed. The preacher grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling.
For a time, no one said anything. Both the doctor and lawyer were touched and flattered that the old preacher would ask them to be with him during his final moment. They were also puzzled; the preacher had never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them. They both remembered his many long, uncomfortable sermons about greed, covetousness and their avaricious...
GOTTA HAVE IT
I want to share a little story with you from my trip to Ireland. It was a dreary day as we traveled, and we were winding up the trip for the day. As we loaded up for the hotel, we noticed a guy standing on the side of the road clutching a black bag. It looked like it was going to let loose with the next torrent of rain. A group of us talked our tour guide into giving the poor guy a ride. Now this wasn’t something that the tour company did because of the obvious safety reasons, but for some reason we did it.
The guy sat there in silence, not saying a word. Harry, our tour guide, trying to be sociable asked him what was in his bag. “None of your business,” he muttered. He then proceeded to utter some of the most obscene and vulgar expletives that you could imagine in English and Irish. I hope you will understand if I don’t repeat them.
Now our bus driver, Tony, was a mountain of a man. He had arms like tree trunks. He was a very quiet fellow, but something seemed to give way. “Now you see here fellow. We were just trying to be sociable. There is no need for that kind of language in this company. Harry just asked you a polite question, and there was no reason for talk like that. After we are doing you a favor here, and all we would like to know is what is in your black bag.” Said Tony.
“Mind your own business!” said that man and again he issued a string of vulgarities that would make a sailor blush.
Harry said later that he had never seen Tony angry or given to any kind of violence whatsoever. But immediately Tony screeched the bus to a halt, got up and grabbed the poor guy by the scruff of the neck, dragged him off the bus, and tossed him in the grass to the side of the road. Tony got back in the bus and we drove the rest of the way in complete silence.
As we exited the bus someone noticed that the man had left the precious black bag. It was really very tragic, as we had no way to get the bag to him; he wasn’t there when Tony went back.
OK. Let’s take a look at the passage...
What’s that? You ask, “What was in the black bag?” MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!
There is always one who just can’t help themselves; you just gotta know. You can’t stand the curiosity. Although greed is far different, I think perhaps the mental state is much the same. You just gotta have more.
An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his doctor and his lawyer, both church members, to come to his home.
When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit, one on each side of his bed. The preacher grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything.
Both the doctor and the lawyer were touched and flattered that the preacher would ask them to be with him during his final moments. They were also puzzled; the preacher had never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them. They both remembered his many long, uncomfortable sermons about greed, covetousness and avaricious behavior that ma...
There was once an optimistic farmer who couldn’t wait to greet each new day with a resounding, "Good morning, God!" He lived near a woman whose morning greeting was more like, "Good God... morning?" They were each a trial to the other. Where he saw opportunity, she saw problems. Where he was satisfied, she was discontented. One bright morning he exclaimed, "Look at the beautiful sky! Did you see that glorious sunrise?" "Yeah," she countered. "It’ll probably get so hot the crops will scorch!" During an afternoon shower, he commented, "Isn’t this wonderful? Mother Nature is giving the corn a drink today!” And if it doesn’t stop before too long," came the sour reply, "we’ll wish we’d taken out flood insurance on the crops!" Convinced that he could instill some awe and wonder in her hardened attitude, he bought a remarkable dog. It could perform remarkable and impossible feats, which, the farmer thought, would surely amaze even his neighbor. So he invited her to watch his dog perform.” Fetch!" he commanded, as he tossed a stick out into a lake. ...