Those of us of a certain age…ahem…remember a tv show called “Welcome Back Kotter”. In Mr. Kotter’s classroom, one of my favorites, the one who always captured my little girl giggle, was Horshack. Whenever Mr. Kotter posed a question to the class, Horshack would leap out of his seat, waving his hand wildly, and shout, “Ooo, Ooo, me, Mr. Kotter, ME!”
Were you that kind of student in school? The eager beaver who knew the answer and wanted to answer every question? Or were you the shy student who rarely raised your hand and most often needed calling on to share the answer?
It seems that no matter what kind of student we were, once God calls us to become speakers we become the shy student. We’re the girl at the back of the class with lots to say but reluctant to let anyone know. I was definitely that way. (Even though NO ONE would describe me as shy!)
I remember being in an airport on the way home from a Compassion trip. I was sitting beside Carrie McGinty, a woman who was helping Proverbs 31 with marketing, recounting to her how completely excruciating the whole marketing thing was. She asked me two important questions, “Amy has God given you a message that you believe women need to hear?”
“Of course,” I answered, “or I wouldn’t be doing this.”
“If you don’t tell people, how will anyone know?”
Ding! The light went on.
First, let me encourage you to market your message rather than yourself. That takes lots of the pressure off. Event coordinators will want to know about you, but your personal information should be woven in with the gift that you’re bringing–the message.
Second, (and I know this is the hardest part) I understand the fear of saying this out loud, “I am a speaker”, but there are ways to humbly do it and begin to tell people about your message. You have to tell somebody. Tell your women’s ministry leader that you’d love a chance to share or tell your leadership at church.
One of my first “tell somebodys” was when I wrote a letter to friends and family all over the country explaining about my message and what God was doing in my life. I asked them to prayerfully consider recommending me to leaders in their church. I didn’t get tons of response, but God opened a few more doors through that letter.
I urge you today to start softly getting your message out by first telling somebody that you have one.