A new preacher had just begun his
sermon. He was a little nervous, and about ten minutes into
the talk, his mind went blank. He remembered some advice they
gave him in seminary school when a situation like this arose -
repeat your last point. Often, this will help you remember
what should come next. So he gave it a try.
come quickly," he said. Still, his mind was blank. So he tried
again, "Behold, I come quickly!" Still nothing.
tried once more, this time with so much vehemence that he
tripped over his microphone wire and fell off the stage, right
into the lap of a little old lady in the front row.
young preacher was very embarrassed and tried to apologize,
but the woman replied, "That's all right, young man. It was my
fault...I should have gotten out of the way. You told me three
times you were