KNOTS IN YOUR LIFE
The Baxter boys, Paul and John, liked to play in the woods near their home. They like the woods because they always found something they had never seen before. That's the way it was when they discoverd the tree with the knot tied in it. The knot was about halfway up the tree. How could a tree grow that way? The trunk was at least four inches in diameter; surely, no one could have tied a knot in a tree that big. When Dad came home from work, Paul and John showed him the tree.
"It's a knot all right. But it must have been tied a long, long time ago. It was probably tied when the tree was a sapling. Maybe some time back, other boys, just like you, may have played in these woods. When one of them felt the young sapling, he discovered it could be bent. Then, twisting it under and around itself, he got a knot tied in it." Mr. Baxter examined the tree again. Then he turned back to the boys. "Do you think you could untie that knot?"
"You kidding, dad? It's grown together that way now. No one could ever untie that knot."
"It's that way with young fellas like you, too." The boys' father answered. "There's an old adage that says, 'As a twig is bent, so the tree grows.' The way you start in life, the habits you develop when you're young, determine the kind of person you're likely to be when you grow up. Knots tied in kids' lives are just as hard to untie as the knot in this tree."
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by Michael Raisbeck on Jul 18, 2003
Spurgeon (1) wrote, " I think I may say to every person whom I am addressing,-If you are yourself saved, the work is but half done until you are employed to bring others to Christ. You are as yet but half formed in the image of your Lord. You have not attained to the full development of the ...read more
Contributed by David Yarbrough on Apr 8, 2003
I will never forget the day that Joe Thiesman broke his leg. Not that I’ve never seen a broken leg before. You want to know why I won’t forget it, because the NFL played it over and over and over… Now instant replay is a great thing, but there are some things that don’t need to be played quite ...read more
Contributed by Joel Pankow on Aug 20, 2004
Numbers 24:17 had predicted that “A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” That star was a young boy by the name of Jesus - who would save His people from their sins. Every evening when you wake up you can look at the stars and depend on the fact that it will be in the ...read more
For Love Of Jim PRO
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Feb 5, 2005
For Love of Jim Jim and Jack were the best of friends. Devoted. Inseparable. So when Jim lost both his legs in a railroad accident, Jack did everything he could to help. At first Jim was certain his career with the railroad was finished.. Then the company gave him another job¨Csignalman. ...read more