I love stories. Especially good stories. Really, really good stories have an application point. The criticism that comes my way about my preaching is that I tell too many stories. Some have said, “he’s no preacher, he’s just a story teller.” It used to bother me that people would say things like this. But it dawned on me… are you ready for this? Jesus was a story teller. So, I’d like to say, “I’m in good company.”
I really believe stories help people connect to the point we are trying to make. If I can tell a story good enough, people will actually personalize it and make the story about them. So I tell stories. I’ve been doing so long now that I think I’ll keep it up. In fact, I collect stories. If you hear a good one, chances are I’ve already heard it. But just in case I haven’t, I’d be happy if you would send a good story my way. Chances are good it will appear in a sermon in a short time from now.
So close with a cute story (at lest it’s cute to me). A little girl, probably about five years old, said to her mother, do all fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time?” “No” said the mother, “Some begin with ‘If I get elected.’”