Give Me My Hat

By J. Mike Minnix
Type: Humor
Subject: Stewardship

On a rare occasion Spurgeon went to preach to a small gathering of believers. He had been promised reimbursement of his expenses, but someone had warned him they were a miserly crowd, and if his sermon struck too hard at their pet sins, they would withhold their gifts to show their displeasure.

After delivering a powerful, soul-convicting message, he had to take the offering himself. Seeing no collection box, he took his hat from a nearby chair and passed it to the few disturbed-looking individuals.

When it was returned, nothing had been contributed, but Spurgeon was equal to the occasion.

Bowing his head, he said, "I thank Thee, Lord, that these skinflints have at least given me back my old hat!"

Dr. J. Mike Minnix, Editor