Trials

Some Trials Can Be Avoided (illustration)

While assembling their new water bed, my sister Betty and her husband, Everett, realized they would need a hose. Everett dashed to the hardware store and bought one. They attached it to the bed, ran it through the apartment to the kitchen tap and left to wait for the bed to fill. …

Hanging on With my Teeth (illustration)

Four guys decided to go mountain climbing one weekend. In the middle of the climb, one fella slipped over a cliff, dropped about sixty feet and landed with a thud on the ledge below. The other three, hoping to rescue him, yelled, “Joe are you OK?” “I’m alive... …

Man Rescued From Shipwreck When His Hut Burned (illustration)

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small uninhabited island. He cried out to God to save him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a rough hut and put his few possessions in it. But then …

Vance Havner - "Shake Well Before Using” (illustration)

Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, “Shake well before using.” That is what God has to do with some of us sometimes. He has to shake us well before we are usable. (Vance Havner) …

How Success is Measured (illustration)

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles (trials) that one has overcome while trying to succeed. - (Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), Educator, as quoted in Bits & Pieces, Vol. T/No. 17, p. 5). …

How Much a Bar of Steel is Worth (illustration)

A bar of steel worth $5.00, when made into ordinary horseshoes is then worth $10.00. If this same $5.00 bar of steel is manufactured into needles, the value rises to $350.00. And yet if it is made into delicate springs for expensive watches, it is worth more than $250,000.00. The …

Our Values Determine Our Evaluations (illustration)

“Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to count it all joy! If we live only for the present and forget about the future, …