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Persistence Sermon Illustrations

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The man who would stand out among his fellows must have persistence. An assistant, once asked by Edison to perform an experiment, failed four or five times. When a friend suggested that he give up, the assistant replied, "Mr. Edison did not say to try the job four or five times. He said to do it."


An ambitious young man asked a great merchant to reveal the secret of success. "Just jump at your opportunity," answered the merchant.

"But," queried the young man, "how can I tell when my opportunity is coming?"

"You can't," replied the merchant. "Just keep jumping."—Friendly Chat


When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems that you cannot hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.—Harriet Beecher Stowe


John Wanamaker, who made quite a success in retailing, urged persistency in advertising, which he harnessed to build a giant merchandising enterprise Said he: "Advertising does not jerk—it pulls. It begins very gently at first, but the pull is steady—until it exerts an irresistible power."—Houston Times


When you feel that being persistent is a difficult task, think of the bee. A red clover blossom contains less than Vs of a grain of sugar; 7,000 grains are required to make a pound of honey. A bee, flitting here and there for sweetness, must visit 56,000 clover heads for each pound of honey; and there are about 60 flower tubes to each clover head. When a bee performs that operation 60 times 56,000, or 3,360,000 times, it secures enough sweetness for only one pound of honey.—Sunshine Magazine

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