Responsibility

Snowflakes plead not guilty (illustration)

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty. (Stanislaw J. Lee). …

That Isn’t My Responsibility (illustration)

Some years ago a former American astronaut took over as head of a major airline, determined to make the airline’s service the best in the industry. One day, as the new president walked through the office complex, he saw an employee resting his feet on a desk while the telephone o …

Abraham Lincoln on Responsibility (illustration)

You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. (Abraham Lincoln) …

The Employee Who Failed to Answer The Phone (illustration)

Some years ago a former American astronaut took over as head of a major airline, determined to make the airline’s service the best in the industry. One day, as the new president walked through a particular department, he saw an employee resting his feet on a desk while the teleph …

Things You Want to Do When You Want to Do Them (illustration)

When you do the things you haveto do when you have to do them,the day will come when you cando the things you want to dowhen you want to do them.(God’s Little Instruction Book for Men, Honor Books, Tulsa, OK; 1996, p. 98). …

Leave the governing of the universe to God (illustration)

Philip Melancthon, the great Reformation theologian, once said to his friend Martin Luther, “This day you and I will discuss the governance of the universe.” What Luther said in response was unexpected: “This day you and I will go fishing and leave the governance o …

Carnegie raising money for NY Philharmonic (illustration)

Andrew Carnegie, whose wife loved classical music, made up the annual deficit of the New York Philharmonic Society. One year, at a meeting of the directors, he suggested the responsibility should not be his alone. You raise half the deficit and I will give you the remaining …

Stats on Church members (illustration)

10% of church members cannot be found; 20% of church members never attend church; 25% admit that they never pray; 35% admit that they do not read their Bibles; 40% admit that they never contribute to the church through tithe or offering; 60% never give to missions; 70% never assu …

Who Mops up The Spilled Water? (illustration)

Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia: Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient’s bed. The patient was af …

John Maxwell - Growth is not automatic (illustration)

John Maxwell is an expert in the area of leadership, especially Christian leadership. In his book “Today Matters” he makes a statement that applies to growth. He says; The truth is, if we don’t take responsibility for our growth, it won’t happen. Growth is not automatic …

Not Willing to Assume Responsibility (illustration)

In the early years of our ministry of training laymen in local churches to work with their youth I came across a front page newspaper article that grabbed my attention. In detail it told how on a New York street Kitty Genovese was slowly and brutally stabbed to death. At …

Judgment is Coming (illustration)

We face somewhat similar times in our own day. Since I know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever I can be sure that judgment is coming. Lord, help me to be sounding the warning. …

Responsibility to God (illustration)

At one time, Daniel Webster was considered the greatest of all living Americans. He was outstanding as a statesman, lawyer, orator, and leader of men. Twenty-five national leaders attended a select banquet in his honor. One man at the banquet asked Mr. Webster, “Sir, what …

A Lady Christmas Shopping is Frustrated (illustration)

Lady with last minute shopping had her kids in tow but she was really having a hard time during her Christmas shopping trip. As she shoved her way into a crowded elevator, she said, “I don’t know who’s responsible for all this Christmas stuff, but they ought to arrest him, …