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Zeal in Spirit

 

Zeal

Before the opening day of pheasant season, two city-dwellers who aspired to be hunters bought a bird dog, having heard that such a dog would make for much more enjoyable and profitable hunting. When the big day came, they were up bright and early. They hunted all day, but as dusk began to overtake them, they hadn’t fired a single shot. The hunters were exhausted and frustrated over the poor performance of their bird dog. Finally one said, “Okay, Joe, throw him up once more and if he don’t fly this time, I’m gonna shoot him!” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Excellence

A true musician always does his best before every audience, be it of knowledgeable music lovers or unschooled listeners. A committee once asked Enrico Caruso, the great tenor, to sing at a concert that would benefit a charity. The chairman said, “Of course, Mr. Caruso, as this is a charity affair we would not expect much from you. Your name alone will draw a crowd and you can merely sing some songs requiring little effort or skill.” Caruso drew himself up and replied, “Gentlemen, Caruso never does less than his best.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching