Wise words from Phillips Brooks:

"I suppose that all preachers pass through some period when a strange text fascinates them; when they like to find what can be said for an hour on some little topic on which most men could only talk for two minutes; when they are eager for subtlety more than force, and for originality more than truth. But as a preacher grows more full of the conception of the sermon as a message, he gets clear of those brambles. He comes out onto open ground. His work grows freer, and bolder, and broader. He loves the simplest texts, and the great truths that run like rivers through all of life. God's sovereignty, Christ's redemption, man's hope in the Spirit, the priviledge of duty, the love of man in the Savior make the strong music which his soul tries to catch." (The Joy of Preaching, p. 33)