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When my daughter was in the first grade (she is now 22), I decide that I should get involved in her spiritual education. So, I volunteered to be an assistant teacher in her Caravans class (a Christian scouting program). The guy who taught the class, Gavin, was amazing and really loved the kids. I really began to respect him highly and wanted to be as helpful as possible to him in these classes. A couple of times, he asked me to fill-in as teacher when he could not make it during work. I enjoyed it an discovered that I do pretty well at teaching kids.

Every year they have a award ceremony where they award the kids the various sashes, patches, and badges that they’ve earned during the year. It really is quite an event and parents even invite family members who don’t normally come to that church to share in cheering the kids on. It’s really cool.

That year, Gavin called me minutes before the ceremony to tell me that he was going to have to work late, so he needed me to stand up i front of all those people and lead the kids in the various recitals they had to do to get their awards.

The problem was that I get absolutely horror-stricken when it comes to speaking in public. I just can’t do it. I get physically sick and I actually nearly passed out that night from anxiety. Thankfully, the director of the program took pity on me and led my groups part of the ceremony for me.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)

Today, I get up in front of a crowd every Sunday and pour out my heart as I preach the Word of God to my closest friends. I have no fear. In fact I am pretty euphoric before the hour arrives. I am 180-degrees the opposite of what I was back then. God took a pretty unremarkable person and equipped him for His purposes. He put power where there was fear. He put strength where there was anxiety.

By His grace and power I can do what He called me to do. He will do the same for you. Go, follow his calling for your life, and lean on Him to get it done through you.

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