I have had this recurring dream over the years. I walk out onto an empty stage with a spotlight on me and a room full of people and I can’t remember anything that I’m supposed to say. Not. one. word. Talk about stage fright! The first time I remember it happening I was preparing for a fifteen minute monologue that I was going to be acting out on stage at a dinner theatre. It was so far out of my comfort zone that no matter how much I prepared for that moment I was battling the fear that I would walk out on that stage and forget every word of it!
Even though I spent hours memorizing and preparing for that presentation I still remember the nightmare and that fear of being unprepared. The fear was real to me but the reality was I had invested the time and I was prepared for that moment. I had to choose faith over fear to accomplish the task I was called to do.
So it is in living our lives for God. Each of us are called by God to do good things to fulfill His plan for us. How do we prepare? How can we be ready when an opportunity presents itself? And make no mistake. There will be many opportunities every day to do good things! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us the answer. Spend time soaking up God’s Word! “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
No matter what your stage looks like…a kitchen, a classroom, an office, a construction site or a boardroom…you are not alone. If you’ll take the time to hear what God wants to say to you through His Word, you will find that you are more prepared than you thought possible. Choose faith over fear today.
What does God say about you? You are equipped.