Today’s Illustration: 100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying.

100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying.” 

That was the title of the article in the Guardian newspaper a few days ago.

The list is rather interesting because there are so many small changes that are worth serious consideration! [1]

  • Look closely.
  • Keep your children’s drawings and paintings. Put the best ones in frames.
  • Ask questions, and listen to the answers.
  • Cook something you’ve never attempted before.
  • Go for a walk without your phone.
  • Keep your keys in the same place.
  • Say hello to your neighbours.
  • Buy a newspaper.
  • Sing!


Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • sanctification
  • growth
  • change
  • Christlikeness
  • discipleship
  • “add to your faith”
  • Bible principles
  • application
  • small things
  • the little foxes that spoil the vine
  • “small rains”
  • “still small voice”
  • “a few small fishes”
  • “and this was yet a small thing in thine eyes”


Sermonic Examples: 

(include some of the 100 small ideas you find useful)


  • What if we made a list of small things that would slightly improve our lives as believers?  What would they be?  What seemingly small suggestions would you put on that list?  Would there be 100?

    The Christian life is really made up of a lot of small changes over time.  While there are a lot of big changes that take place in the beginning of our faith in the person and work of Jesus, sanctification involves a lot of smaller changes over time.  Philippians 1:6 speaks about that continuing work in our lives . . . . . .


  • This passage speaks about one of those small changes that we can all make in our Christian life . . . .


  • Would our list include what this passage challenges us to do as a believer?


  • At the end of the book, Paul has his own list of short and small suggestions before he closes.


  • It is the small foxes that spoil the vine, says Solomon.  The grapes never reach maturity because of small changes that never take place.


  • You only see this biblical character once in the whole of Scripture.  He/she plays such a small part in the overall story of redemption.  However, that small part makes a big difference.



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