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ILL. Do you remember Bubba Smith? He retired from professional football a few years ago. Then, after he retired from playing football, Bubba Smith started making beer commercials. He was the guy who tore the top off of beer cans, & engaged in the argument about whether it is less filling or tastes great. You remember him now, don’t you?
In a magazine article about him, Bubba Smith said that he has never, ever drank beer. Drinking any kind of alcoholic beverage just isn’t a part of his life. But he advertised it & felt good about his job. It was an easy job. It was an enjoyable job, & it paid a good salary.
Until one day when he went back to Michigan State, his alma mater, as the Grand Marshal of the Homecoming Parade. As he was riding in the limousine at the head of the parade, he heard the throngs of people on both sides of the parade route shouting. And what were they shouting? "Hail to Michigan State?" No! One side was shouting, "Tastes great!" & the other side was shouting, "Less filling!"
Bubba Smith suddenly realized that he & the beer commercials that he made had had a tremendous impact on the students at Michigan State. And the message that they had gotten was that "It is all right to drink light beer."
Later, Bubba was in Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break, & he saw drunken college kids up & down the beaches, shouting "Tastes great! Less filling!"
And when it came time to renew his contract, he refused to sign because he said that he didn’t want his life to count for something like that. He said that there was a still, small voice in his mind that kept saying, "Stop, Bubba. Stop."
You see, everybody’s life counts for something.
Billy Graham used to tell a story of a professing Christian who got a job in a lumber camp that had the reputation of being very ungodly. When a friend heard that he had been hired, he said to him, “If those lumberjacks ever find out you’re a Christian, your going to be in for a very hard time!” The man responded, “I know it, but I really need the job.” After he had been working at the camp for a year, he met the friend who had predicted the ridicule and persecution he would receive from the other lumberjacks. “Well, how did it go?” he asked the friend. “Did they give you a hard time?” “Oh no, not at all,” the man replied. “They didn’t give me a bit of trouble---they never found out that I was a Christian!” (Windows on the Word).
Someone Once Said...
* Thoughts produce acts, acts produce habits, and habits produce character.--Anonymous
* If we realize the extent to which we are mere walking bundles of habits, we would give more heed to their own formation.--William James*
* First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they'll eventually conquer you.--Dr. Rob Gilbert*
* You keep on doing it, and you try to stop, but you can't.--a six-year-old's definition of a habit
* Approximately 90 percent of what we do every day is governed by the habits in our lives.--Dr. Michael Mitchell, author of Building Strong Families*
* It is a hard thing to break through a habit and a yet harder thing to go contrary to our will. Yet if thou overcome not slight and easy obstacles, how shalt thou overcome greater ones? Withstand thy will at the beginning, and unlearn an evil habit, lest it lead thee little by little into worse difficulties.--Thomas à Kempis
* The Christian must see that bad habits are ultimately spiritual issues.--Erwin Lutzer
* Small habits, well pursued betimes / May reach the dignity of crimes.--Hannah Moore
* A bad habit takes twenty-one days to break; a good habit takes twenty-one days to make.
* Habits are the best of servants--and the worst of masters.--Anonymous
Morgan, R. J. (2000). Nelson's complete book of stories, illustrations, and quotes (electronic ed.) (398). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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1 John 3:18-3:23
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