Success Sermon Illustrations

Success Sermon Illustrations

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One day in huckleberry time, when little Johnny Flails and half a dozen other boys were starting with their pails to gather berries, Johnny's Pa, in talking with him, said that he could tell him how to pick so he'd come out ahead.

"First find your bush," said Johnny's Pa, "and then stick to it till you've picked it clean. Let those go chasing all about who will, in search of better bushes, but it's picking tells, my son. To look at fifty bushes does not count like picking one."—Sunshine Magazine


The successful man is the one who does what he has to do at the time he hates to do it most.


The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.


We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.J. B. S. Haldan, Illinois Medical Journal


Many years ago a lad of sixteen left home to seek his fortune. All his worldly possessions were tied up in a bundle. As he trudged along he met an old neighbour, the captain of a canal-boat, and the following conversation took place:

'Well, William, where are you going?'

'I don't know,' he answered. 'Father is too poor to keep me at home any longer, and says I must now make a living for myself.'

'There's no trouble about that,' said the captain. 'Be sure you start right and you'll get along fine.'

William told his friend that the only trade he knew anything about was soap-making, at which he had helped his father while at home.

'Well,' said the old man, 'let me pray with you once more, and give you a little advice, and then I will let you go.' They both knelt down on the tow-path: the dear old man prayed earnestly for William and then gave him this advice:

'Someone will soon be leading soap-maker in New York. It can be you as well as anyone. I hope it may. Be a good man; give the Lord all that belongs to Him of every dollar that you earn; make an honest soap; give a full pound, and I am certain you will yet be a prosperous and rich man.'

When the boy arrived in the city, he found it hard to get work. Lonesome, and far from home, he remembered his mother's words and the last words of the canal-boat captain. He was then led to 'seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness'. He remembered his promise to the old sea-captain, and the first dollar he earned brought up the question of the Lord's part. In the Bible he found that the Jews were commanded to give one tenth; so he said, 'If the Lord will take one tenth, I will give that.' And so he did, and ten cents of every dollar was sacred to the Lord.

Having regular employment he soon became a partner; after a few years his partner died, and William became the sole owner of the business. He now resolved to keep his promise to the old captain; he made an honest soap, gave a full pound, and instructed his book­keeper to open an account with the Lord, carrying one tenth of his income in that account. He prospered. His business grew: his family was blessed: his soap sold, and he grew rich faster than he had ever hoped. He then gave the Lord two-tenths, and prospered more than ever; then he gave three tenths, then four tenths, then five tenths. He educated his family, settled all his plans for life, and thereafter gave the whole of his income to the Lord.

What was the name of this lad? William Colgate! And who has not heard of Colgate's soap?—J. Oswald Sanders

(Ps. 1. 3; Prov. 3. 9, 10)


Someone asked General Booth of the Salvation Army on one occasion the secret of his success. He hesitated a second, and then, with tears in his eyes, said, 'I will tell you the secret. God has had all there was of me to have.'

(Rom. 12. 1, 2)


Nothing succeeds like excess.—Life.


Nothing succeeds like looking successful.—Henriette Corkland.


Success in life often consists in knowing just when to disagree with one's employer.


A New Orleans lawyer was asked to address the boys of a business school. He commenced:

"My young friends, as I approached the entrance to this room I noticed on the panel of the door a word eminently appropriate to an institution of this kind. It expresses the one thing most useful to the average man when he steps into the arena of life. It was—"

"Pull," shouted the boys, in a roar of laughter, and the lawyer felt that he had taken his text from the wrong side of the door.


I'd rather be a Could Be
If I could not be an Are;
For a Could Be is a May Be,
With a chance of touching par.

I'd rather be a Has Been
Than a Might Have Been, by far;
For a Might Have Been has never been,
But a Has was once an Are.


'Tis not in mortals to command success,
But we'll do more, Sempronius,—
We'll deserve it.—Addison.


There are two ways of rising in the world: either by one's own industry or profiting by the foolishness of others.—La Bruyère.


Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.—Emily Dickinson.

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