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Sermon Illustrations: Decisions

Who you are today is decided by what you chose yesterday. For example, you might want to get into medical school, and you might make a brilliant doctor, but you can't because you chose to play basketball instead of studying.

Smoke screens were used during World War 2 to sink a lot of ships. Instructions were given that during times of confusion in the smoke screens, they were to hold their course and then make decisions after they came through and could see clearly.

A man said to a pastor that he'd give him $10,000 if he'd say his brother Jim was an angel at his funeral. The pastor agreed. He got up to do the eulogy. "Jim was the most dishonest man in the town. He was foul-mouthed, a drunkard, and a lying, cheating gambler. Nobody trusted him. He was always getting into fights, beat his wife and kids, and never did anything nice for his family." The man was getting ready to jump up and shoot the pastor, when he said, "But compared to his brother Fred, he was an angel."

A man had been made the president of a bank at a relatively young age. Not feeling that confident, he went to see the elderly chairman of the board for some advice. "How can I succeed as president?" he asked. "By making the right decisions," replied the chairman. "But how do I make the right decisions?" "Experience." "But that's precisely my problem. I don't have much experience. How do I get the experience so I can make the right decisions?" "By making the wrong decisions."

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Mozart settled down day after day to the job with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day in his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration. Ernest Newman