Sermon Illustrations

After my father died in Dec. of 1982 mother lived another 20 years. She passed away in June of 2002. Mom never drove. She never got her driver’s license so she always had to depend on others to go somewhere. Mom had several male friends after dad died. They often went out to eat or go to the local Senior citizen’s center in Webb City, MO, to eat and play cards.

One of her male friends was a guy named Ralph Lee. Ralph was older than mother and died a year or so before mom. He was in his 90’s. Ralph worked hard all his life to make money. He often worked seven days a week. He was a part of owner of some business in Webb City and also built houses. I think he bought houses, renovated them and then sold them to make money.

One time many years ago when I was visiting mom, he saw me out doing my daily run. I would go for a fun even while visiting mom when I was still running.

Ralph stopped his car one day, rolled down his window and said, “If I had your energy I could make some money.” Well, he did make a lot of money in his lifetime. He was worth over a million dollars. And he always interested in making more money.

One sad thing was this: I don’t think he ever recognized where his money came from I think he believed too highly in himself, thinking that nobody ever gave him anything and that he worked hard for everything he had.

Related Sermon Illustrations

Related Sermons

  • Matthew 6:19-24 Eternal Investments Series

    Contributed by Thomas H on Nov 24, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    Matthew 6:19-24 Eternal Investments

  • Invest In God's Kingdom

    Contributed by Jeff Van Wyk on Feb 2, 2013
    based on 1 rating

    To be a good steward we must not waste what has been given to us. We must invest what has been given to us and must show a return for it.We are given resources according to our individual abilities. We are all different. It is a fact that some people are

  • True Riches Series

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on Oct 20, 2014
    based on 4 ratings

    Our attitude toward money & how we use it is a barometer of our spiritual state. It reveals whether we are foolishly thinking only of the present or astutely looking to eternity. What is the purpose of money anyway?

  • The Poverty Mindset

    Contributed by Jeff Van Wyk on Apr 13, 2013
    based on 4 ratings

    One false concept is that poverty has some mysterious refining qualities. Some believe that it is spiritual to be poor. That is not the way God lives and neither does He want us to live that way. Just look how He blessed Abraham. The Bible teaches us that

  • I’m Gone Get To My Better Series

    Contributed by Charles Jones on Jun 30, 2012
    based on 1 rating

    You may know that God wants to save you. You may know that God wants to heal you. But do you also know that God wants to prosper you?

Browse All Media

Related Media

PowerPoint Template
Root Of Evil
PowerPoint Template