I am not a public speaker….

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.

Talk (2)But somehow, I always do.

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!

Ruth Kyser

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