Have you ever tried to tap out a familiar tune so that others could guess it?
Many people find it more difficult than they would imagine. In an EntreLeadership podcast, Adam Grant talked about an experiment, where they had asked others to tap out a familiar tune, and only 2.4% (1 out 40 people) listeners were able to identify the song. He continued to explain that even though you have thought through this idea, it is still difficult to communicate that to others.
As a communicator, the statistic of 2.4% is terrifying.
In the post “Please Pray,” I asked for opportunities to publicly share my story; therefore, I am speaking at a women’s retreat in April. (If you would pray about this opportunity, I would appreciate it). I fear the task of speaking to women that I don’t know where they are: spiritual maturity, life experience, etc. How do I best communicate to them?
But I have something that those trying to tap out a song don’t: a message that the Holy Spirit wants to deliver. Whenever I recognized that I am overwhelmed, I have been running to God.
I have been reminding myself: God loves me, He trusts me, He has given me this opportunity, and He is not leaving me. The lesson I have learned over and over is that when I am outside of my comfort zone, I see God more clearly there. Therefore, I am grateful to speak at this women’s retreat (and still terrified), because I trust that my God will reveal Himself.
I challenge you: if you want to see God work, ask God to lead you out of your comfort zone. He’ll be there too.
Matthew 28:18-20 says, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
P.S. I am still praying for opportunities to tell my story. If you have some, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org