As I type, I am sitting on my kitchen floor, in front of our sliding glass door watching a thunderstorm. And I am crying.
I am crying, because I leave in 17 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes.
I am crying, because I am experiencing major writer’s block when it comes to the message I have been given the blessing and privilege of delivering to the older students, parents, community members…anyone who will listen. I am crying, because this is all I want out of life.
I am crying, because the voice in my head is telling me I cannot do it, that I should tell our trip leader that I don’t feel comfortable doing this, that my message will be no good and no one will come and those that do will walk out saying, ‘What a waste of time.’
I have spoken in front of people before…but no more than seventy at a time. I have sung, alone, in front of hundreds of people. I have even gotten up on stage during chapel at my school, while the campus pastor told two-thirds of our student body my testimony. But teaching Swazis about their self-worth in their identity in Christ? This should not be difficult, but I am drawing utter blanks.
I have been told that if the church doors are open, the people will come. They will come and they will fill the seats. And the aisles. And the foyer. And they will be spilling out into the outside of the church. I know this, because I saw it happen a year ago. Even if only a few show up, I am a vessel for Christ. And thus: the pressure to be perfect sets in.
I paused to take a drink and I remembered that a friend of mine posts a piece of scripture as a Facebook status a few days ago that I knew would be useful in terms of identity in Christ, so I went searching for it again. The loving words of my friend Sam, speaking not only to the Swazis but also to my heart tonight:
1 Corinthians 1:27- “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
He chose you. Stop saying that you’re not capable, because He makes you ready, and will prepare you. He has a plan for you.
And I am crying, because my God is so good. Even when I struggle, my cup overflows.
This post isn’t really going anywhere, and neither is my message, so I’m going to sign off for the night. Before I do so:
1. If you have any biblical input in terms of self-worth and/or identity in Christ, PLEASE comment below, email, text, call, tweet, etc. Clearly, I need help. If nothing else, please be praying for me specifically to speak light and truth into these lives.
2. A huge blessing has befallen me–my fundraising account has been enriched to reach $590 out of my $3,200 goal, which is incredible. If you are part of this, thank you thank you thank you. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, you can go to http://www.cpccweb.org/globalgiving to make an online contribution.
For your help and support, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I leave in 17 days, 15 hours and 6 minutes.