- ("'His name was Sam,' the student said to me. 'As I recall, I only talked to him on two occasions. He was a janitor at our high school. Looking back on my high school years, I'd have to say that maybe he was the most important person in my life during that period..." and other illustrations)
- I remember golf when it was played B.C. (before carts). I was caddie master at a busy club. One morning, a gentleman asked me if I could use another caddie. He said he had a nineteen-year-old mentally retarded son who was strong and healthy. "The boy knows nothing about golf," the gentleman said, "but I'm sure he can be taught how to caddie." The man's son, named Happy, had never been to school nor had any training. (Back then, there were no special education programs.) As expected, some people did not want Happy to caddie for them. Many days, he could not get out. I explained this to his father as tactfully as possible, but his dad was just grateful that Happy could be part of a normal activity and make a few dollars each week.
- It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square. For a musician, it's the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I'm told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right. I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. During our emotional rendition of "If You Don't Know Me by Now," I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along. After the tune was over, she approached me. "I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?" she asked.
- A second grader once asked his teacher how much the earth weighed. The teacher looked up the answer in an Encyclopedia. "Six thousand million, million tons," she answered. The little boy thought for a minute and then asked, "Is that with or without people?" Viewed from one perspective, it might very well seem that people don't really matter very much. After all, we are but microscopic inhabitants of a tiny planet orbiting a relatively obscure star in a small galaxy among the billions and billions of stars and galaxies that make up creation. Yet the God of creation has counted the very hairs of our heads. Wow! What a magnificent picture of God.
- ("Margaret Mahler, a psychoanalysis who has studied the importance of parenting with children, devised the concept of being a 'good enough mother'. She had filmed and video taped the interactions between mothers and their infants...")
- ("Joe Garagiola, former major league baseball player and television personality, tells about a time when Stan Musial came to the plate in a critical game. Musial was one of the greatest baseball players of all time and he was at the peak of his career...")
- ("The ability of the human brain to store, retain, and recall enormous amounts of information is miraculously impressive. Unfortunately, sometimes information gets permanently stored that we would love to dump.")
- ("There is an old proverb that goes something like this: Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things will be yours...")
- ("It was not long ago that I was watching television and as I scanned the various channels available I happened to settle upon the channel that displays vintage movies on a continual basis. As I tuned in the moderator was introducing a movie that was about to be shown. As the movie was introduced I recognized the title...")
- ("With earned doctorates in music, philosophy and theology, Albert Scweitzer decided in 1905 to go to medical school to become a jungle doctor. 'It struck me as incomprehensible that I should be allowed to lead such a happy life...")
- "Some years ago, I had a moment of spiritual awakening Â it happened in the very dirty toilet of a North London Cinema. Somebody had pinned up on the wall a poster..."
- ("I am reminded of the true story of the Holy Ghost missionary priest, Alphonse Schaeffer. Alphonse was assigned to an outpost in the Congo in Africa. One day the village elder came to him and said, 'Fr. Alphonse, crocodiles from the river have killed two more of our women, who were washing their clothes in the river...")
- "I remember years ago when I was a teenager in army cadets and was considering the Officers Training Program, I was presented in the interview with all kinds of dreadful scenarios of what could happen to you of the battlefield or even in the training program. They wanted us to know what we were getting into. They wanted to test our commitment to the program. They wanted to weed out those who were unwilling to take the necessary risks. It could be that Jesus was doing the same kind of thing. He wanted his followers to know that following him was to find the true meaning of your life, but there were also risks. It was to be indeed 'risky business'." and other illustrations
- During the sixties some ministers came to Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke of The United Methodist Church and told him they wanted to take a firm stand for racial equality in their communities but wanted him to guarantee them that they would be protected from the possible opposition in the churches they served. They reminded the bishop of the importance of the prophetic dimension of ministry. Bishop Wicke affirmed their intentions but then added, ‘‘I do not remember any of the prophets getting a safe conduct guarantee, or even wanting it."