Contributed by Herman Abrahams on Jul 23, 2005
ILLUSTRATION - Self Evaluation
State employment officials in Tucson, Arizona, posted an interesting sign over a full-length mirror. Directed to all job hunters, it read, “Would you hire this person?” In another office a mirror and sign posed this question: “Are
Contributed by Davon Huss on Mar 14, 2011
Daniel Akst in a secular article called, "Whose in Charge Here?" wrote:
"Life in modern Western cultures is like living at a giant all-you-can-eat buffet offering more calories, credit, sex, intoxicants, and just about anything else one could take to excess than our
Contributed by John Putty on Apr 16, 2011
Not many people enjoy going to the doctor, but according to Reuters, in 1994, one London accountant to that to an extreme. The 63 year old man needed bladder surgery, but he couldn't overcome his fear of doctors and hospitals. So he self-reliantly did what had to be done. He
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 15, 2012
There's a story about a girl who was the daughter of one of the royal families of Europe. She had a big, round nose that destroyed her beauty in the eyes of others--and especially in her own eyes. She grew up with this terrible image of herself as an ugly person.
So her family
A little boy named Adam wanted to be like his friend Bobby. Adam loved the way Bobby walked and talked. Bobby, however, wanted to be like Charlie. Something about Charlie’s stride and accent intrigued him. Charlie, on the other hand, was impressed with Danny. Charlie wanted to look and sound like
Contributed by Akinsanya Adubi on Sep 28, 2009
The same way a lot of people have destroyed what the Lord rightly gave to them with their own hands. The case of a governor of one of the states in Nigeria is a very good example. He jumped bail in England and was removed on coming back home. There was also the case of one boy
Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 2, 2010
When I’m at the pizza buffet and I’ve already had more than enough to eat, and I know there’s a good chance another slice will make me miserable for the next 3-4 hours and I eat it anyway .... I lack self control.
When I decide to stay up late and play video games or surf the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 11, 2007
"Self can never cast out self, even in the regenerate man. Praise God The death of Jesus, once and forever, is the death to self. And the gift of the Holy
Contributed by James Chandler on Apr 15, 2003
We live in a self-service world.
Self service gas stations.
Self service fast food.
Now you can even check yourself out at the grocery store.
We have totally lost the idea of service in our society today.
Yet Jesus reminds us of the value of service as he humbly washed his disciples feet.
Contributed by Herman Abrahams on Nov 11, 2004
Self Love Is Ordinary
Self-love is so ordinary that Jesus used it as a reference point: Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” When I was in elementary school, the teacher sometimes solved the first problem on a sheet of homework to show us how the others were solved. Jesus used our love for
Contributed by Lisa Delay on Sep 8, 2005
The heroes of this world think not of self. Think of the everyday heroes or rescue workers we hear of these days. They see what needs to be done, or who needs to be saved and they do it before they analyze their role in the matter. It is in that act of forgetting our self, in a constructive way of
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 12, 2010
ARISTOTLE ON SELF-DISCIPLINE
We are the sum of our actions, Aristotle tells us, and therefore our habits make all the difference. And what is the best way to practice?
Aristotle's answer lies in his explanation of "the mean." In his view, correct moral behavior in any given situation lies at
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 6, 2011
John Koessler pastored for years before becoming a professor in the pastoral studies department at Moody Bible Institute. In 2007 he wrote, A Stranger In The House of God, chronicling his experience in various churches. "Most of the Christians I know are disappointed
Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 11, 2011
SEXUALITY, SELF, AND IDENTITY
Michael Foucault, in The History of Sexuality: "Sexuality is a word that now serves a purpose like the word soul did in the Middle Ages. In that period, people believed that one's soul united the various aspects of human identity and gave significance to that
Contributed by Brad Henry on Jul 24, 2011
BLAME AND SELF-ESTEEM
When I was an Airline Pilot I was responsible for all flight operations, whether good or bad. If you are taxing into the gate and your wing clips a baggage cart, it is the Captain's fault. It doesn’t matter if the lineman steers you the wrong way or not. What the lineman
SALT WATER AND SELF
I watched a movie once, where several men were left drifting aimlessly on the ocean, in a small lifeboat, after a terrible shipwreck. The sun was hot and their rations were low--soon they ran out of fresh water.
One night while the others were sleeping, one man drank
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 4, 2012
JOHN NEWTON'S SELF-ASSESSMENT
Two or three years before the death of John Newton (former slave ship captain and eventual author of the song, "Amazing Grace"), when his sight was so dim that he was no longer able to read, a friend and brother in the ministry called to have breakfast with him.
In the book, The Three Edwards, Thomas Costain described the life of Raynald III, a 14th century duke in what is now Belgium. Grossly overweight, Raynald was commonly called by his Latin nickname, Crassus, which means "fat."
After a violent quarrel, Raynald's younger brother Edward led a
Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Mar 18, 2013
What’s it look like to die every day? Well, dying to yourself today may mean spending your lunch hour serving food to the homeless at the shelter down the street from your office. It may mean the next time you talk to your neighbor, instead of playing it safe and keeping comfortable you bring
Contributed by Ken Pell on Jun 15, 2013
"Faith Helped Woman Confront British Terrorists"
Remember a few weeks ago when the British soldier was beheaded in broad daylight outside his barracks?
The Telegraph, a British paper, reported that a mother and Cub Scout leader, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, age 48, confronted the terrorists