6-Week Series: Against All Odds

Sermon Illustrations

ILLUSTRATION - "I had something to look forward to."

The story is told of a muti-millionaire businessman who greatly changed the lives of a sixth-grade class in a poor downtrodden township. This was an area where most of the students would not finish formal schooling.

He had been asked to speak to a class of 60 children in the sixth grade. What could he say to inspire these students, most of whom would drop out of school? He wondered how he could capture the attendance of these students.

He scrapped his notes and decided to speak from his heart.

“Stay in school,” he encouraged them, “and I’ll help pay the college fees for every one of you.”

At that moment the lives of these students changed. For the first time they had hope. Said one student, “I had something to look forward to, something waiting for me. It was a golden feeling.”

Nearly 90 percent of that class went on to graduate from high school. (Source Uknown)