There is some absurd statistic that says people are way more afraid of public speaking than they are of death. Well, that’s true for me because I know where I’m going when I die. Frankly, it’s a lot nicer than where I am now. The point is that they’re afraid.
I never counted myself in this group because public speaking didn’t seem to bother me. Until I began thinking about it in marketing for my novels. And I’m SCARED. Paralyzed. Can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t speak.
I. Can’t. Speak.
What do I have to say that people would care to hear? What experiences to I have that would benefit others? Why, oh why, would anyone sit in front of me and give up their precious time to listen to something I say? Am I credible? Am I interesting? Funny? If nothing else, humor is a good way to keep people from throwing things at me.
Today’s confession and truth come together. I am confessing the truth to this ridiculous fear.
Confession: As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. Micah 7:7
The truth is that when I read these words from the Bible, I do gain confidence. But not in myself. I will remain confident in God. He will save me. He will hear me. He will deliver me. Will I be funny? Interesting or credible? I don’t know. But it’s not about me. It’s about Him.
What is your fear, and what is your confession of truth?