“How do you develop such rich metaphors for your speaking and writing?” I asked my colleague, a stylist whose images stick with listeners and readers. “I read as widely and talk to as many diverse people as I can,” my friend replied. I was disappointed in the reply, for I was hoping I would discover a clever technique that would help me write and speak with greater eloquence.
As for reading widely—doesn’t everyone read? Well, no. Too many people don’t read much at all. This is surprisingly true of many pastors, given the importance of discovering ideas and cultivating imagination for sermons that need to be preached week after week.