As Christians we must be the light that the world is yearning to see. There is so much going on in the world that it is now more important than ever for Christians to not only shine but to shine brightly. It should be our joy; it should be our living, moving testament to the goodness of God. What sets a christian apart from his non-christian counterpart? We go through some of the same trails and tribulations right? Yes! We encounter some of the same life ordeals that seek to pull the carpet from up under your feet. The difference is we serve a mighty God that sets every captive free – who heals and delivers. The God, who gave his only, begotten Son that You may live and not just live but live abundantly. That’s epic!
You are the salt and light of the earth. Be the one who holds your head up in trying times. Be the one to share how you came through. Be the one who holds on to that hope without wavering. Be the one who in the face of adversity can still stand and declare the favor of God. See tribulation is not what sets you apart – what sets you apart is that you stand on the promises of God not within your strength but the strength of God.
There are seven days in a week and we save our shout and our praise for Sunday. Don’t just leave leading souls to Christ to your pastor. What if you crossed paths through the week with someone who has been searching relentlessly for that ray of light that you have. God gets the glory when we allow our lives to be used for his glory in every place we tread.
In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father, who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Being in large audiences or just the thought of speaking in front of a lot of people use to have me trembling in my boots. Speak in front of who I would ask? I’m talking about sweat dripping, tongue-tied, take cover nervousness. I’ve grown out of that – having people staring at you waiting to see what you have to say is not all the bad. Often we think we are going to make a huge mistake, maybe forget what we were going to say, and the list goes on. In high school, I would hear my mother speak of toastmasters, but I never knew what it meant. She was often called to speak, rather in her local church or affiliated churches in other states. I assumed toastmasters had something to do with her job, and I suppose you can say it did. She was confident and well-spoken and I could probably ascertain to where she developed her skills.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in teaching people how to communicate efficiently and lead within their communities. Members who wish to improve their speaking and leadership skills can join for a minuscule fee. Want to try it out? Toastmasters welcome guest, it’s like trying it on before you join the group. It will provide you a welcoming environment and the ability to meet new people who have the same goal as you. Information can be obtained at http://www.toastmasters.org. Meetings occur twice a month but the one I attended meets weekly.
I picked up the phone one day and made contact with a member who encouraged me to participate in the next meeting. I didn’t know what to expect, but I am a firm believer in if you want something you must be willing to get it. You must be ready conquer your fears and nervousness. I did, and it was great. It was, first of all, fun. There were speeches, impromptu’s, jokes and learning tidbits. It was worth it. I didn’t feel like the guest – I felt like part of the team that joining was without question. Maybe you are not speaking for a living but just looking to communicate better with the ones you love, or learning to interact better in work environments. Whatever the case there is something for everyone.
“If we did all the things we are capable of we would astound ourselves”
~ Thomas Edison