A rich man was observed by friends to repeatedly pick up any penny he found on the street. This behavior was quite intriguing to his friends for the condition of the penny wasn’t an issue. It could be a shiny and new penny or a dull and dingy one. It never seemed the rich man was too busy or distracted to find a penny and it is doubtful a penny ever missed his gaze. For the rich man, finding a penny was a high priority in his day. Furthermore, friends noticed the rich man was joyful with each new find. He seemed to cherish each penny found as much as his millions in investments.
Finally, curiosity ran its course and a friend asked the rich man: “You are rich beyond measure, why do you stop whatever you are doing or wherever you are to pick up a penny? Why would a man with your wealth care so much about a single penny?
The rich man replied, “Each penny found reminds me of my true worth as a person. Many people during my life viewed me much like a penny. I was often discarded, passed by, left in the change tray or seen as having little value. Then, one day a rich man found me on the street feeling worthless and isolated. Unlike others, he viewed me differently. He saw in me great worth and potential. He promised to give me all he had to make me rich. I truly sensed this man cared for me and was ...
Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by David Browne on Dec 9, 2000
The young salesman was disappointed about losing a big sale, and as he talked with his sales manager he lamented, "I guess it just proves you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink." The manager replied, "Son, take my advice: your job is not to make him drink. Your job is to ...read more
Contributed by John Hamby on Dec 11, 2000
“In football they have a huddle, the goal of the huddle is to give you thirty seconds to call the play, that is why they give you a huddle.(At a professional football game there may be ) Sixty thousand people watching you huddle, they don’t mind you taking thirty seconds to call the ...read more
Contributed by Steve Hanchett on Dec 13, 2000
The death of Joh Williams did not halt the missionary efforts in New Hebrides, but it certainly guaranteed that who ever went was committed to the work. Williams was followed by John Geddie. Geddie was described as tough-minded, humorless, and incredibly brave. Geddie and his wife landed on ...read more
Contributed by Harold Miller on Dec 15, 2000
The native groups in the Peruvian Amazon have only known Christ for one generation. Just one generation ago they were fearful, aggressive, and animistic; all their contacts with outsiders were marked by violence. But now there are transformed. One missionary writes that since embracing faith in ...read more