I came across this quote this afternoon (in the midst of my ongoing wrestling match with the sermon for this Sunday). It made me laugh and encouraged me to keep my hand to the plough. If there are any preachers reading this today, take heart and be of good cheer, even Spurgeon thought preaching was a difficult endeavor:
Everybody thinks himself a judge of a sermon, but nine out of ten might as well pretend to weigh the moon. I believe that, at bottom, most people think it an uncommonly easy thing to preach, and that they could do it amazingly well themselves. Every donkey thinks itself worthy to stand with the king’s horses.”
—C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Practical Wisdom: Or Plain Advice for Plain People (Banner of Truth, 2009) p. 15.
HT: Tony Reinke