He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
|I'm just not comfortable in the spotlight.|
The past few years I’ve been doing a good bit of public speaking, and as many of you know, it’s way out of my comfort zone. As a matter of fact, if I wasn’t certain God was asking me to share what He’s doing in my life, I wouldn’t be doing it.
Even still, I’m not comfortable with the spotlight shining on me. It just feels wrong, like I’m calling attention to myself rather than to God.
The only way I’ve found to mitigate this feeling is by drawing a clear contrast between what God has to work with (me) and the results of His miraculous effort. But for this to be effective, I have to be willing to show myself honestly—with all my flaws.
At first that was as scary as the whole up-on-stage bit.
But after a time or two of letting people see through who I wanted them to think I was and directly at who I actually was, I discovered something. There truly is an amazing freedom in just being yourself. I no longer had to keep up the pretense of being an expert or even being in charge. I could just relax and be—resting in whatever God wanted to bring out.
|Transparent is just another word for invisible.|
Because through this God has taught me that transparent is just another word for invisible. (click to tweet)
When I’m truly transparent, God can shine through in all His glory. There are no smudges of me to get in the way.
So what smudges are you holding onto? Take a chance and join me in the freedom of letting go.