Sermon Illustrations

Story: Around 1920 a pharmacist bought a drug store in south Chicago. Soon he became bored w/ his job and began to dream of ways to make it more exciting. It was during a time when people were just beginning to call in their orders by phone, so the man decided to challenge himself by seeing how quickly he could deliver orders. When someone called, he repeated the order aloud, including the name and address. As he spoke w/ the caller, his assistant filled the order and a driver left to deliver it. The druggist kept the customer on the phone chatting until the order arrived. Most of the customers lived nearby, but this kind of prompt service was revolutionary. As word spread, it became the busiest pharmacy in Chicago and w/in a few years, Charles Walgreen revolutionized the pharmacy industry b/c he decided to go the second mile.

From Joseph Rodgers’ Sermon: Our WORK