Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved public speaking. Of course I got nervous sometimes, but I was and am the kind of person who loved doing group presentations and speeches. I loved it so much, I competed in forensic speaking for several years.
It didn’t take me long to realize I was good at this stuff. It was kind of my thing. And while I didn’t always prepare for certain presentations as much as I should have, I typically found I could still wing it and do really well.
I’ve been going to church since I was little. When I was in middle school, I used to read Bible passages at my church and do communion, among other things. My favorite was reading the passages or being the service “leader.” My family and I ended up going to a couple different churches while I lived at home. After we left the church we spent several years in, I didn’t jump in to serve right away. I didn’t feel like I could because we were new. I remember feeling nervous like it would be too hard. After all, I had a routine before. I was good at it. It got to the point where I was very comfortable doing all those things. I hardly had to think about it anymore. It was almost automatic.
I learned a lot after listening to the sermon on serving from Acts 6. Did you know you can be good at something, even have a gift doing that particular thing, but still not be living up to your potential? God has given each of us gifts to use for the good of the church and the body of Christ. You might be thinking, well I don’t know what that is. That’s ok. What you shouldn’t do is refuse to serve just because you don’t know what you’re supposed to do. God has a funny way of revealing things to us when we least expect it. There’s nothing wrong with starting off easy. You may need time to pray and talk with a pastor to discover what God is leading you to, what He’s gifted you in. But just because you don’t know doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t do something. I actually think it’s the complete opposite. You have to start somewhere, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of that.
I’m much older now. I’m still good at public speaking. I still love it. Knowing this, I could be a greeter. Greeters are important and they are very much needed. But maybe that’s not stretching myself. Maybe I could do more. This is what we need to ask ourselves. Can I do more? Is this too easy? Is this too comfortable?
When you find something challenging, but within your set of gifts, you’ll know. You feel good about what you’re doing, but it also demands something of you. Isn’t that better than just going through the motions? Take the leap and find out. You won’t be disappointed.