A certain minister is said to have been unable to say, "No," to any request that came to him. He was invited to speak for other ministers & at clubs & banquets & other gatherings, until his own church had but a small fraction of his time & his home was neglected.
One day, while walking alone by a lake, he met a man who was about to drown a small dog. "What's wrong with the dog?" he inquired.
"Well, you see," said the man, "When Gipsy was a pup, he was all right. But he has grown to be a regular nuisance. We are always losing him. He follows everyone. And a dog that follows everybody is no good to anybody."
The last sentence struck the minister like a blow. He begged for the dog & took him home, saying, "Gipsy, you & I will learn faithfulness together!"
And then & there began a new era in his life & usefulness.
- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)
“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” - Harry Emerson Fosdick.
Pro 17:24 (GNT): “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.”