Sermon Illustrations

Richard Daly was mayor of Chicago for 21 years. Mayor Daly was known as a rather difficult man to work for. One of Mayor Daly’s speech writers came in and demanded a raise. Mayor Daly responded, “I’m not going to give you a raise. You are getting paid more than enough already. It should be enough that you are working for a great American hero like myself.” Two weeks later Mayor Daly was on his way to give a speech to a convention of veterans. The speech was going to receive nationwide attention. Now Mayor Daly was famous for not reading his speeches until time to deliver them. So there he stood before a vast throng of veterans and the press. He began to describe the plight of the veterans. “I’m concerned for you. I have a heart for you. I am deeply convinced that this country needs to take care of its veterans. So, today I am proposing a seventeen point plan that includes the city, state, and federal government, to care for the veterans of this country.” Now by this time everyone was on the edge of their seat to hear what this proposal was. Mayor Daly turned the page and saw only these words: “You’re on your own now, you great American hero.”