I have had many wimpy moments in my life. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Those knee-quaking, teeth-chattering, heart-pounding, dry-mouthed moments that make you wish you were anywhere than where you are.
A memorable wimpy moment—one that prompted this e-book—came at the beginning of 2010, when I was asked to speak at the FaithWriters conference. I’d also been asked to teach a class the year before and at that time, I didn’t even hesitate. I embraced my inner wimp and said NO WAY. Public speaking was my greatest fear—even greater than my fear of spiders! So when I was approached again in 2010, I didn’t say “no” right away. I gave the conference coordinator a very spiritual answer: “I’ll pray about it.” But, you know, the funny thing about prayer is that God often answers in ways you don’t want Him to. As I prayed, I couldn’t deny feeling that God was prompting me to step out of my comfort zone. And, as I said, public speaking is really stepping out of my comfort zone.
But I wasn’t giving in without a fight. I told God that if He wanted me to face my fear and speak at the conference, He’d need to show me what I should teach on. Almost immediately (wouldn’t you know it), a title floated through my mind. “Writing is Not for Wimps.” Not a big surprise, I suppose, considering my own present wimpiness.
So…I prepared my response email slowly, hoping for an elbow-nudge and wink from God that said, “Just kidding…you don’t have to speak after all.” I waited a full five minutes. Finally, I sighed as my finger hovered over that “send” button, ready to respond that yes, I’d teach a class.