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Sermon Illustrations: Action


There was a party in a lounge. One asked, "If you were on a ship which sank and you could escape to an isolated island, having the possibility to take only one book from the ship's library, which one would you choose?" One answered, 'Shakespeare," another, "the Bible." But another said, "I would choose a book which could teach me how to make a boat and arrive at the shore. There I would be free to read whatever I like." R. Wurmbrand

A man wrote to his girlfriend, "Susie, I love you so much. I would climb the highest mountain, cross the driest desert, sail the most tempestuous seas. See you Sunday if it doesn't rain."


You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Michael Jordan

Behold the turtle; he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

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.

Too many Christians are singing "Standing on the Promises" while they are just sitting on the premises.

Life is not a dress rehearsal - this the real thing. Peter Daniels.

We need goals to prevent us from subsidising incompetence. P. Daniels.

My Collection of Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes

The haves and the have-nots can often be traced back to the dids and the did-nots.

Even if you're on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there.

Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them. Henry S. Haskins.

We are all manufacturers in a way - making good, making trouble or making excuses.

There is plenty of room at the top but not enough to sit down.

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Chinese Proverb.

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. Charles F Kettering.

Opportunities drop in your lap if you have your lap where opportunities drop. Herbert V Procknow.

History makes no excuse for a man who is unprepared when an opportunity presents itself. Tomb Inscription.

Evangelical Christians tend to have a lot of religion in their hearts, a good bit in their heads, but not much in their feet. And Christianity that doesn't walk around in shoes isn't worth much. Jerry Cook/Steven Baldwin. Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness.

Sitting on the fence will give you a barbed wire backside.

The only difference between a groove and a grave is a matter of depth.

It's not how well you say it or how much you know about it, it's what you do about it. Charles Simpson.

If you want something you've never had before, you've got to do something you've never done before.

Vision without action is just a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

When is the best time to plant a tree? Ten years ago. When is the second best time? Today.

3% make things happen, 31% watch things happen and 64% wonder what's happened.

The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

Some people dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.

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