By this time in business, I had spoken on a regular basis to large audiences. I typically spoke twice a week to groups of 25+. I spoke about once per quarter to groups of a few hundred. I even spoke a couple of times to groups of about a thousand. But this was different. My normal audience was adults. I had never spoken to teenagers from the stage. I had never even spoken to anyone from a pulpit. I was nervous in preparing my message. What if it’s boring to them? What if it doesn’t make sense? What if I freeze and forget it all? What if they don’t like me? What if they can’t relate to me? This is what was going through my mind. Constantly. Pastor Bill asked me to share some of my testimony. When I thought I was ready, he asked me to take it a step further and do an altar call at the end. WHAT?!?
Something within prompted me to invite my mom for that night. I even asked permission if she could come. However, I chickened out. You see, no one yet knew about my calling into ministry except for a select few. I hadn’t even told her yet! I disobeyed and did not call her.
The night came. I was as ready as I would ever be. I typed out my notes. I never type out my notes. I use bullet points. But I was nervous. The boxing ring was in the youth room at that time, I remember this clearly. I even remember the title of my message: “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”. Why didn’t I just say I was sharing my testimony? I am not sure why I was trying to be clever with it. I shared my message and at the end I did an altar call. I wasn’t expecting anyone to come forward. In fact, I thought they may have all left the room or fell asleep. But then, the most amazing thing in my life happened – about 10 students came forward to accept Jesus Christ into their lives as their personal Lord and Savior! 10!
Afterwards, Pastor Bill asked me to do a 2 part series in two months. About 4 days later, I finally worked up the nerve to call my mom and tell her about my calling into ministry. You are not going to believe what she said to me.