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Earnestness

 

Indifference

”In Germany, they first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. The they came for me-and by that time no one was left to speak up”— Martin Niemoller, German pastor

 

Motivation

The story has been told about a frog who fell in a large pothole and couldn’t get out. Even his friends couldn’t get him to muster enough strength to jump out of the deep pothole. They gave him up to his fate. But the next day they saw him bounding around just fine. Somehow he had made it out, and so they asked him how he did it, adding, “We thought you couldn’t get out.” The frog replied, “I couldn’t, but a truck came along and I had to.”

 

Motivation

In his book Dedication and Leadership (South Bend, Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1966), on why Communism has more apparent success than Christianity in reaching out to new areas, Douglas Hyde said: “If, on the other hand, the majority of members, from the leaders down, are characterized by their single-minded devotion to the cause, if it is quite clear that the majority are giving until it hurts… then those who consider joining will assume that this is what will be expected of them. If they nonetheless make the decision to join they will come already conditioned to sacrifice till it hurts.”

 

Motivation

Dr. Frederik Herzberg, writing in the Harvard Business Review, concluded from his research that six factors must be present to keep people highly motivated about sustained responsibility:

        1.Achievement

        2.Recognition

        3.The task itself

        4.Responsibility

        5.Advancement

        6.Opportunity for growth

 

Indifference

Dante once said, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in a time of great moral crisis.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

INDIFFERENCE

Kitty Genovese was the young woman who was murdered in a New York residential section while at least 38 neighbors watched from their windows. During the course of the 30-minute assault, no one even telephoned the police. Studies have uncovered some surprising facts about these people. Interviews revealed that they were not totally indifferent as many had suspected. The main reason nobody did anything was that each person thought someone else would take the initiative to get help.

Source Unknown.

 

ZEAL

Halford Lucock says, "I was impressed several years ago when I read the Eugene Ormandy dislocated a shoulder while directing the Philadelphia Orchestra. I do not know what they were playing, but he was giving all of himself to it! And I have asked myself sadly, 'Did I ever dislocate anything, even a necktie?'" 

Progress Magazine, December 31, 1992.


When he was pastor for the Methodist church in Scarborough, William Sangster had an eccentric member who tried to be a zealous Christian. Unfortunately, the man was mentally deficient and usually did the wrong thing. While working as a barber the man lathered up a customer for a shave, came at him with the poised razor, and asked, "Are you prepared to meet your God?" The frightened man fled with the lather on his face! 

W. Wiersbe, Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 215.