As a young child in school, my face would turn beet red when ever I was called on by the teacher. I respected adult leadership almost to the point of being afraid to speak out.
My shyness extended into High School, and I wanted an A in Geometry, but my teacher informed the class that she only gave A's to those who would raise their hands and explain the answer to the problem we had that day. I did my best, but in her opinion it was not good enough, and she gave me a B+ on my report card.
The next day, I called my teacher to my desk and quietly but outright told her that I deserved an A and she was in error to give me less. For “shy me” that was risky business.
As far as I knew, no one else complained, but my words flustered her a bit. She told me to speak up more which I did, and at the end of the semester she relented and gave me an A as my final grade.
I have outgrown my shyness, and with God’s help I am no longer afraid to speak out.
Usually I have found it best to delay and not to speak in haste or in anger. Often I wait until God says, NOW, usually the next day. While waiting I ask our Lord, what exactly should I say?
The Holy Spirit begins to formulate a plan of words and when I follow the script that He gives to me, and there is no offence.
One or two Sundays a month I share one of my very short stories with a message at my church, and I aim to express them as I am led. One recent Sunday, my story may have been considered unusual to some, but as I finished all I could see were smiles.
My hope is that the needed words are heard and received in their spirit.
If you are shy, just ask God, “What do I say next?” He will give you His words to say.
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