When I have to stand in front of a people and give a talk of any sort (and it doesn’t matter if it is a small group or a large one), I’m one of those people who struggles to get the words right. My knees shake and my hands turn sweaty, and I instantly wonder if I’ve lost my mind by thinking I can actually complete the mission in front of me.
I just spoke yesterday in front of a ladies church group about my passion for writing stories that tell about God’s love for us, and encouraged them to use their God-given gifts for His glory. It wasn’t a great speech by any means; but the words were those that God gave me to speak to those ladies at that particular point in time. It was a time of great blessing for me, and they welcomed me with gracious smiles and open hearts.
A verse from I Peter 4 came to mind when preparing my talk.
Verse 15 says:
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear;
We should always be ready to tell the reason for our faith and our hope. Quite a task we’ve been given, isn’t it? I’ve got the ‘meekness and fear’ part down pat, but I need to work on the ‘always’ being ready part.
We many not realize it, but we share our faith and beliefs everyday whether we speak a word or not. You many not think about it much, but I do. When we are out in public, everything we do and the way we act is being watched by those in the world around us. Are we a reflection of what a Christian should look and act like? I fear I fall short many times. It’s a constant growing experience for me and one I struggle with daily.
I don’t know how many more ‘talks’ I’ll have to give in my lifetime, but I pray when I do, I remember God has given me a tremendous opportunity to share His love with the world, and He’s expecting only the best from me when I do it.
He’s expecting the same from you.
God’s blessings on you!