THIS IS GOOD
The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This is good!"
One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, "This is good!" To which the king replied, "No, this is not good!" and proceeded to send his friend to jail.
About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake. As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way.
As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. "You were right," he said, "it was good that my...Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 9, 2002
A four-year-old and a six-year-old presented their mom with a houseplant. They had used their own money to buy it and she was thrilled. The older of them said with a sad face, "There was a bouquet at the flower shop that we wanted to give you. It was real pretty but it was too expensive. It ...read more
Contributed by Bev Sesink on Feb 5, 2005
This reminds me of an incident I experienced while also working in South Africa. I had been working on a research project but had made a significant error early on in the project. Instead of coming clean I unfortunately chose to try and cover my mistake. It wasn’t too long before my conscience ...read more
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Dec 9, 2004
The world says when you get the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on. You can choose to do that. With a tenacity and determination you can hold on tight to your rope, and guess what? God will just let you hang there. You will find yourself getting tired—your faith will falter; where is God; ...read more
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Oct 6, 2005
Clark Cothern, Decision, tells of a personal experience he had had. “I once invited a friend, Gavin, to help my pastor and me guide 30 lively teens through an all-night "lock-in" at church. Early in the evening Gavin challenged me to a game of table tennis in the fellowship hall. Our game quickly ...read more
Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Oct 20, 2004
Do not become deceived by the world with the Top Down Attitude management style in your leadership instead be servant leaders. a. Use the leadership style that Jesus role modeled. i. Finzel states, “When it comes to servant leadership there is no better model than that of Jesus Christ. On the ...read more