Something SO spectacular just happened and I absolutely have to share it with y’all. This semester I am enrolled in a public speaking class. We have had three speeches so far, including our introduction speech, delivery speech, and our informative speech.
For my introduction speech I was supposed to introduce myself to the class. I chose to do just that, and use a significant portion of my time to share my faith. The reaction I got from that particular occasion was nothing huge, just a couple questions in regards to why I believe in God and why I’m going on a mission’s trip to Australia.
For the delivery speech, I performed a spoken word poem that I had written about God’s love (which I intend to make a video of and post in the next couple of months). The reaction I got from that one was a little bit more exciting! I was asked a couple more questions about why I believe in Jesus Christ, which was super fun to answer in front of a small crowd!
However, for my informative speech, I left the classroom speechless and teary-eyed. I decided that, because there were no real guidelines as to what I could and couldn’t speak about, I was going to inform the class of God’s love. I made a powerpoint of just a portion of what God’s love entails and I spoke about personal intimacies with God. The speech itself didn’t go exactly as I had hoped because I left out a few main points. The reaction that I got following my presentation was more than I had anticipated – it was incredible. A few of the questions I got were:
- What exactly is an “intimacy with God”?
- What does it mean to love God?
- What does a relationship with God require?
- So do you mean then, that you can have a personal relationship with God?
- How do you know that God loves you? And what do you mean by “God’s presence”? How do you feel God’s presence?
Answering those questions, among a few others, was the highlight of my day. I could actually feel God’s presence with me in that room as I answered them. I was super stressed out about the presentation during the hour before class began, so I decided to do some prayer and just hang with Jesus. I asked Him to show up in the room as I spoke and for the words I spoke to be his, and He certainly exceeded my requests. After we had dismissed from class, one of my fellow classmates came up to me and said, “Hey I give you props for standing up in front of the class and saying all that. The subject you keep choosing to talk about is really interesting and I really appreciate you doing it.” A few other people came up to congratulate me on doing it and they each gave me a hug as well. Wow.
I’m not going to lie, standing in front of a crowd who you know is (for the most part) uninterested in Jesus is pretty intimidating. I have always been super passionate about using my words to inspire and that has played a huge role in my speeches. My pastor said at church on Sunday that good deeds are of no significance unless accompanied by sharing Jesus’ name. He said, “If you feed a belly and don’t also share Jesus, it doesn’t matter. Full bellies go to hell just as much as empty bellies.” That’s powerful. It definitely hit home for me and it’s something that I think is worth considering in all we do. In the next post coming in a few days, I talk about how we have a choice in each decision we make. That’s a choice between Jesus and the world. Who do you want to please?
I left the situation, as I said, teary-eyed and with a full heart. I turned on my worship playlist and jammed out in my car on my way to my next class. Nothing had the power to steal my joy today. After that class I went to a coffee shop, ordered a cappuccino, then realized I needed to get a happy dance out. I went into the bathroom and (sort of) silently had a dance party with myself – praising God and his incredible abilities to do amazing things. Then I went back into the café area, grabbed my cappuccino, and tried to maintain my composure as I began writing this.
Y’all, there is nothing that our God can’t do. There is no heart that can’t be changed, no nation that Christ can’t touch, and no mountain bigger than what He can move. I am convinced that hearts were turned toward Jesus today. PRAISE THE LORD Y’ALL.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 NIV
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Psalm 52:8 NIV
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” 2 Thess. 3:5 NIV
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” – 1 Timothy 6:18-19 NIV
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16 NIV
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