I ponder over this regularly. I know that I am a child of God, and as such my personality is a gift from God. I am a shy person, not very outgoing, not very confident and certainly not a scholar, and I hate being the centre of attention. I can honestly say I don;t think I have any talents at all. So why do I feel drawn to be at the front of church? The whole process of preparing a sermon is very stressful. I am riddled with self doubt and then feel that what I have prepared isn't good enough. I then get very anxcious about getting up and speaking in front of people. It really is a phobia of mine. But it always seems to be well received, and people seem very positive with their feedback. Does God turn what I think are my weaknesses into my strengths? When people see me at the front of church, they know I am there for one reason only, and that is to glorify God.
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I think many of us have similar feelings Chris, especially when moving into the unknown, but you have the faith and courage to do this, knowing it is what God wants you to do...your calling?
I think the positive feedback you are getting is a way God is letting you know you are on the right track and what you are doing is fantastic!
Our journeys are not without challenge, but that I think is part of the learning we do as apprentices of Jesus and I know I ask questions of myself and God on a regular basis, but we all should know God is there for us and supporting us.
Hi Chris, I think most of us would identify with the feelings and thought processes you go through, but, hey, you are doing it, so you're probably better at this than you think, and anyway, God is with you every step of the way. What I'm sure will come through is your sincerity and conviction. You strike me as someone who talks form the heart, and I'm sure this shines through. Keep on keeping on... Amanda