A tactful testimony



A Christian gentleman while crossing the Atlantic was standing on the deck one day with the captain of the steamship, a brave but irreligious man, when he accidentally dropped a book from his coat pocket. The captain, seeing it fall, picked it up and handed it to him. The gentleman thanked him warmly, saying that he valued it beyond price, and that he should have been exceedingly sorry to lose it. "what book is it?" the captain asked. "why, it's my chart and compass," was the reply. "You have yours for sailing your ship; this New Testament is mine for guiding my life. And, captain," he added smilingly, "I wish you were always as sure of your way as I am of mine." No more was said; but some time afterward the captain hunted up his friendly passenger in order to tell him that the arrow shot apparently into the air had reached its mark. "If you had tried to preach to me," he said, "I should have given you a rough answer; but the few words you said, and the way you said them, took such hold upon me that I could not shake off the impression until I became a Christian."


From: EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS By William Moses Tidwell, Printed in U.S.A. 1943, Beacon Hill Press Kansas City, Mo.