November 14, 2008

From the Heart

I got to give a short, semi-public talk last night about my going to seminary, how I go there and where I see it leading.

My view of public speaking is similar to Jerry Seinfeld's routine stating public speaking is the number one fear of Americans, death is number two; so at the average funeral the average American would rather be in the box than give the eulogy. (After I speak I think most of the audience feels I should be in the box too)

I was told it was very effective because it came form the heart, and that was what they wanted, a heart speaker, not a public speaker.

That made me feel good and I was glad I could contribute to the ministry that went on yesterday evening. It also underscored a very important point for me; when working in my ministry, I need to make sure what I do and what I say comes from the heart. People will accept your ministry if it comes from the heart.

And since I have given my heart to the Lord, I know if it comes from my heart, He will be part of what comes out of me. So the heartbeat of any ministry I do, any missional activity I engage in has to be my heartbeat.

Otherwise it will not seem genuine and I am not that good an actor.

It was a good evening on several fronts.


Anonymous said...

I don't relish public speaking at all, Andy, partly because I don't think I'm any good at it. I do find myself in the position of having to teach or preach publicly occasionally, which leaves me feeling very conflicted. On one hand, I want to utilize my teaching gift to edify the church; on the other, I'm terrified to do it.

Laurie M. said...

I love teaching, and am terrified at the same time, and that's just with our little ladies' group. Barry's last sentence pretty much says it for me as well.

I'm sure you did well.