As I glanced through the faces staring intently back at me, expecting well-connected words to come fluently from my mouth, I was reminded that this was a new beginning for me. Beginnings are so exciting, yet so unpredictable. Beginnings require faith and an authentic desire for real change.
Yet, was this change going to cost me too much?
When a complete stranger from New York told me at the end of an unexpected phone call that I should consider public speaking, I laughed about his comment for days. It wasn’t until retelling this humorous conversation to others that I seriously considered his advice to join a local Toastmasters International club.
I keep thinking how incredibly uncomfortable it is to speak in front of complete strangers, sharing parts of my life that I feel reveals God in a new way. Yet, I’ll tell you the truth…I’m completely hooked! What an unpredictable ride this has been, simply stepping into the unknown and going, “God, I am completely freaking out right now and I need You to glue my feet to the floor before I high tail it out of here right now!” He did too. I realized everyone in that room shared a beginning very similar to mine. They stayed. They grew. They became better communicators, stronger leaders and confident in new beginnings.
A week ago I presented my second speech and to be truthful, my least prepared for speech ever. Yet, it was videotaped. As I watched my fast pace, my speedy verbiage and so many other critical concerns on my end, I also noticed an excitement in myself that has been missing for so long. I see a passion, a new faith and a commitment to make this beginning one that will stick for the long haul.
May you experience a new beginning that will indeed bring you closer to God too.
Feel free to view my speech video and be encouraged to step out and try something new!
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