I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words.
Relate: There is no need for false humility. I can write. If you put a pen in my hand and some paper before me, I can immediately begin fill that paper with something others would want to read. There’s no need for thought. There’s no need for me to sit there and ponder. When the pen goes down my heart begins to flow out.God has gifted me in this way.
I might not be nearly so eloquent in other forms of communication but I also know that I am a decent public speaker. Let me put some notes together and then stick me up on a podium and I can grab and hold the attention of almost any audience. Take those notes away? Spontaneously call me up there? No worries. It might take me a moment or two to get myself warmed up but I will be fine. Whether it is twenty people or two thousand, speaking in front of crowds does not worry me.
On the other hand… put me in a situation where I am one on one with a stranger? Watch my heart race. Watch those hands get sweaty. Young or old, attractive or… not, brilliant or blonde, it doesn’t matter. I am terrified of sitting down with strangers and sharing my faith. In personal, individual conversations like this, I just don’t do well. I am a writer, a preacher and a teacher. God has not gifted me as an evangelist. I’m OK with that.
React: What I am not OK with is using that lack as an excuse. I cannot just leave it to others. There are people I am going to come into contact with every day. They need to hear. They are desperate to learn about the righteousness of God and His saving power. I have a story to tell and I cannot, I must not, confine my sharing to the written word. Yes that is my primary platform, but it is not my only platform.
What is yours? How has God gifted you to speak out and in what scenarios does communicating fill you with dread? What are some ways that we can move beyond our fears? How can we continue to share the love of our Father with everyone we come in contact with using every means and method at our disposal?
You have done so much for me. Time and time again You have proven Yourself true. You have proven Yourself good. God, I am so grateful. Let that gratitude for all You have done for me spill out into every conversation. Let it pour itself into everything I write. Every time my voice is heard, let Your glory and Your goodness shine forth.