My Experience As a Teen Summit Speaker

This past Saturday, I took a step to conquer one of my biggest fears; public speaking! I usually dread the thought of standing in front of people and speaking even if I have an outline to read off of. Yes, I was the kid that got nervous when reading the scripture during a church program! God recently opened a door for me to speak to a group of teenage girls about leadership. My initial thought was, NO! I cannot possibly do this being that I have never been a speaker at any occasion before. After talking to God about this, He told me to just do it. Step out on faith. You never know if you can do something or not unless you try. I felt that this door was being opened for me because God gave me a passion for working/mentoring with young girls and God knows that I have a fear of public speaking that I need to conquer. So why wouldn't I accept an opportunity to grow in areas that I plan to dive into during my lifetime?

Now, leadership is an easy topic for me being that I have worked with a leadership program on campus for a year now and I have held several leadership positions over the years. Therefore, I asked myself, "would a true leader be afraid to speak to a group of people?" No. A true leader would be courageous enough to do something that they once doubted they could do. I want to be a true leader so I did just that.

I am proud to say that it went very well! I spoke with confidence and presented all of the info that I felt God wanted those girls to hear that day. I received lots of positive feedback, so now I really believe that anything is possible. I say all of this to say that whatever it is that you are afraid to do is exactly what you need to do. I never imagined myself being in front of group making people laugh and potentially inspiring people with my words. I always imagined myself as just a writer; I would just sit behind a computer and let my voice be heard that way. However, God has so much more for me to do in order to fulfill my purpose in life. So, my advice to anyone is to just trust in God and DO IT.

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." (Romans 8:37)

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of A SOUND MIND." (2 Timothy 1:7)

-m.