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Prioritities

 

Priorities

Lewis Sperry Chafer, referring to a friend who was devoting most of his time and energy in pursuit of an insignificant matter, said, “He reminds me of a bulldog chasing a train: what’s he going to do with it if he catches it?” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Priorities

During the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament in Dallas in May 1981, a massive tree limb broke off and fell on a spectator, who was killed instantly.

It happened near the third hole where Charles Coody was playing at the time. Shortly after the accident, Coody was interviewed on the radio and, in talking to the reporter, he said, “After running over and seeing the accident, I tried to play golf, yet I had no desire to play after that. All of a sudden those three-foot putts didn’t seem all that important.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

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During a flood in the hill country of Texas in 1978 there was a lady who needlessly lost her life. Her daughter told reporters, “My mother did not climb the tree with us. She lost her way before we got to the tree. See, she always kept every little bill and slip and stuff. She would not let go of her purse with those papers in it.”

It was revealed that the family was trying to make a chain, holding hands to get through the water. But the mother had her insurance papers all gathered up in her hands and wouldn’t drop those documents. So she just washed away. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Priorities

At the Milan Cathedral there are three inscriptions over the respective doorways. Over the right-hand door there is this motto: “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Over the left-hand door the words are: “All that troubles is but for a moment.” But over the central door there is a simple sentence: “Nothing is important save that which is eternal.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Priorities

If you give your child a quarter for the Sunday offering and later give him three dollars to go to the movies, you may be teaching him a set of values he will keep the rest of his life. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Priorities

When asked why he had been so successful, Tom Landry responded to a crowd of more than two thousand students at Baylor University, “In 1958, I did something everyone who has been successful must do, I determined my priorities for my life-God, family, and then football.”— Cited in Dallas Morning News, March 2, 1978

 

Priorities

Among the classified ads in the Quay County Sun was this ad: “Farmer with 160 irrigated acres wants marriage-minded woman with tractor. When replying, please show picture of tractor.— AP release, June 1978, Tucumcari, New Mexico