The Voice Part 1: Preparing for Speaking and Media Opportunities
Preparing for speaking and media opportunities starts in the heart.
Out of the heart flow the issues of life and when you speak, your message will flow from your heart. (Proverbs 4:23)
So when you are preparing for a speaking or media opportunity, there is as much to preparing your heart as the message itself. I want to share a few thoughts that will help you prepare your heart.
Your heart must be full of clear vision for the work you are doing. Internalizing the vision of this ministry is key because when you open your mouth, vision will flow out of you. In turn, vision will capture the hearts of the people you share with.
One of the most important questions for you to ask yourself is “Why am I doing this work? And what will happen if I don’t step up to the plate and do it?”
Knowing the answers to these questions will infuse your speaking.
We are a celebrity-crazed society. We are enamored with people in the spotlight and tend to put them on a pedestal. Unfortunately, in some ways the “platform” has become the Christian version of a spotlight. For many, it is destination they strive to arrive at. The platform is NOT a destination. It is not a level to achieve. The platform is a tool that God may entrust us with SO THAT His voice and His heart can be heard through us. It is important to keep our heart in check about this.
When we are entrusted with the platform, it is important to keep an attitude of stewardship and a servant’s heart about it.
I always get the jitters before I speak. No matter how much I plan the message, I often feel under-prepared. I have come to believe that part of this is because there is a level of having to rely on the Holy Spirit for what only the Holy Spirit can do…and as much of a control freak as I can tend to be, I can’t plan for that?
There is always a mix of preparation and surrender. I think preparing is part of good stewardship. But what I have seen from my favorite speakers (TD Jakes being my all time favorite) is that all the planning in the world pales in comparison to a message that is God-breathed. This requires a deep level of surrender and reliance on God.
I am reminded of this passage in Exodus 4 where Moses shares his fears and inadequacies with God.
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
It is God who entrusts us with the platform. And it is God who equips us to be a voice. He has placed the vision for this ministry in your heart. He will be faithful to help you speak and teach you what to say.
Tune in the next two weeks for more on preparing for media and speaking opportunities:)
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