Golfer Arnold Palmer once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The king was so impressed that he proposed to give Palmer a gift. Palmer demurred; “It really isn’t necessary, Your Highness. I’m honored to have been invited.”

“I would be deeply upset,” replied the king, “if you would not allow me to give you a gift.”

Palmer thought for a moment and said, “All right. How about a golf club? That would be a beautiful memento of my visit to your country.” The next day, delivered to Palmer’s hotel, was the title to a golf club. Thousands of acres, trees, lakes, clubhouse, and so forth.

The moral of this story is: In the presence of a King, don’t ask for small gifts!

(from Brennan Manning, Lion and Lamb: The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus (Baker, 1986); cited in Leadership Weekly newsletter)

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