Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hey, Preacher Man!

I had an interesting experience about a month ago. I preached my first sermon. I guess with all the speaking I have done, that was one I'd missed somehow. Anyway, the opportunity sort of fell into my lap, and it's something I've always wanted to do, so I was glad to take it.

Everyone was much more than kind about it - so many people told me that I did well. And I say that not to pat myself on the back, just as appreciation for others appreciating what I did. After putting a lot of work into something, it's very nice to hear that others think it was worth it.

The funny thing is that I didn't feel especially nervous, probably because I'm used to talking in front of people, especially these people. However, the nerves I did feel came from the fact that speaking is much different than just talking for a couple of minutes. I had the floor all to myself for 25 minutes, and I couldn't just stumble my way through some random thoughts.

The sermon is online now, and after listening to it, it is funny to me how much I tried to cram in to 25 minutes. I had times myself the day before and realized that I was running too long, but trusted myself to be nervous enough to do it quickly. It still was pretty funny to hear myself almost rushing through some points. But I did realize that my first point actually had three sub-points; something I didn't even realize as I was writing it! Anyway, I definitely had a good time and was thankful for the opportunity - I hope God was happy with the result. It's something I'd like to do again if I had the chance.

P.S. It was quite funny that a friend of mine in the audience said (just loud enough for me to hear) "No pressure!" just as I started - way to make me feel more comfortable!