“But he said to me, “My grace is is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.“2 Timothy 1:7-8 7. God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment. 8. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord or be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, by God’s power, join me in suffering for the sake of the Good News.
In my youth and young manhood, I was fearless, often doing dangerous (read that as foolish) things. Many times my life was truly in jeopardy. I did these things, despite of the danger, or perhaps because of the risk. Overcoming these obstacles gave me an immense sense out accomplishment. I said I was fearless, but that is not completely true. I feared speaking in front of people. As a child, I stuttered. I was given speech therapy which helped me to overcome it, in most cases. If I am around someone who stutters, I can easily return to that pattern. The other thing that can trigger it is when I’m under a lot of stress. Public speaking is stressful. Psychologytoday.com said, “Surveys about our fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. Our fear of standing up in front of a group and talking is so great that we fear it more than death, at least according to some surveys.“ I went to college with the hope of becoming an art teacher. But I knew I had a major obstacle to overcome. So, I enrolled in a speech class. We learned how to research our subject. This was long before Google, the world wide web, or even the internet and personal computers. We learned how to organize our speeches with an opening, middle, and closing. But then came time when we stood before the class and face a 5-10 minute speech. My heart was beating so hard I could feel it banging in my chest. My face flushed, hands and knees shook. I had the sensation they my ears plugged and I could barely hear. But I survived. Later, when my church offered various Lay Speaker classes, I took them. I regularly volunteered to be the Liturgist and read a passage if scripture before the congregation. And then came the day when pastor asked to cover for him at our Saturday evening contemporary service. I said yes first and then thought to myself, what did I do? I said, “Lord, I have nothing to say to these people.” And heard in response, “But I do!” That removed my fear. That is why I Pray before each sermon, “Lord, no matter what I say, let them hear Your words,”
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