Illustrations are the oil in the engine of the sermon. A good illustration keeps things moving smoothly and keeps everything from grinding along. The challenge, though, is finding good sermon illustrations that don’t sound canned; in other words, illustrations that are original and personal.
Pursue the opportunities afforded you. Be educated. Learn humility. Learn honor. Learn to work hard. Wherever you find yourself, always be learning. And never forget that the specialists would have no one to treat if it weren’t for the referral of the family doctor.
Most of us hate to wait. In my pastoral counseling, I encounter many people who discover one of the most difficult things they will ever do is wait on God. And when you think about it, many of us are waiting on God.