A person I recently connected with quite serendipitously on Facebook sent me this excellent poem. He wrote it in one sitting after a deep conviction about his role as a keynote presenter. But his words have meaning for any preacher, teacher or public speaker. They certainly gave me reason for pause. See the poem at his website here, or read them below:
You do not get to choose in this lifetime or in any other whether or not you are a storyteller. You can only choose by intention or by action whether or not you will yield to the impulse, the gift, and the demands of telling stories. It is a double-edged sword at best and will take of you its price either way. The costs of the journey are many and high, the cost of not taking it beyond measure.