For the longest time, I would tell my friend Ken (on our walk n talks) that I would not be comfortable speaking in front of group. For the longest time, Ken would tell me he could see me doing exactly that.
Earlier this month, I had the honor of speaking to a wonderful group of small group leaders following their recognition dinner. My friend and author, Deb Coty spoke first (www.deboracoty.com) about the joy of living a devotional life. As she spoke, I was amazed by how comfortable she seemed and how she instantly connected with our audience.
I looked at my prepared outline and thought about the message I received in prayer that week. At the last minute, I decided to completely change my opening statements! This could be tripping in faith rather than stepping out in faith. I prayed to overcome my fear as I walked toward the podium.
To my surprise, I felt comfortable and connected with the group!
There are times when God wants us to step (or even trip) outside of our comfort zone. My prayer for us is to listen and follow His word. He will be with us!
“It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immoderately apprehensive of tripping.”
– St. Frances de Sales