The new pastor felt good after preaching his first message at his new church. While driving home he asked his wife, "How many great preachers do you think are in the world?"
She answered, "I dunno, but one less than you think there are."
A young preacher was invited to a large church to preach. He primped and polished his prize sermon and was filled with the pride of it. He knew he would impress the congregation. When the time arrived he bounded into the pulpit in full confidence with great satisfaction. But once there, looking out at the crowd, he stumbled and fumbled and made quite a mess delivering the message and was not soon enough glad to be finished. After the minutes that seemed like hours, head drooping, he shuffled down the steps toward his seat. The old pastor leaned over and said to him, "Son, if you'd gone up the way you came down, you might have come down the way you went up."