Sermon Illustrations

A young college student had a summer job as a welder’s assistant, building a hospital. He had never welded before in his life. He was afraid of heights, and wouldn’t you know it, they put him to work welding on the seventeenth floor! Vast sections of steel beams were jutting out over nowhere. He worked, almost immobilized by fear from day to day. Finally, an “incredible hulk” of a welder he was working with looked at him and asked, “What’s the matter, son? Are you scared?” The young fellow said, “S-s-scared? I’ve b-b-been t-t-trying to t-t-tell you for t-t-two weeks ‘I q-q-quit!’ but I c-c-couldn’t get it out of m-m-my m-m-mouth!” He was scared to death. And so are a lot of people. Fear immobilizes. It also intimidates.