Sam Williamson shares this great story at the Calling events that I wanted to get out to you. It really is quite profound.
Fifteen years ago, a client asked me to speak at a conference. The conference topic was on a subject I wasn’t familiar with, but I agreed because I had led small workshops before so I wasn’t too worried.
The day before the conference, my client called me to say that he was looking forward to my presentation, because it was the keynote presentation. My heart began to beat a little faster, and I suspect beads of sweat formed on my brow.
I quickly printed five articles that I had goggled on the subject, shoved them into my briefcase, and headed out for the airport. I had twenty-four hours to prepare a keynote speech on a subject I knew nothing about.
I rarely talk to people on planes, but the man next to me turned out to be an professor at an Ivy League College, and he specialized in Public Speaking. I thought this might be a good time to talk with my airline neighbor.
Hoping for free advice that might ease my presentation problems, I asked the professor for the number one key to great public speaking. To which he replied, “know what you are talking about.”
I thought, “Great, strike one.”
I asked him for the second most important key to great public speaking. He said, “love what you’re talking about.”
Then I asked him for the third most important key-hoping I could connect with something. Maybe I’d get a bunt. He started with this story. When Churchill became Britain’s Prime Minister at the beginning of World War II, he said that he felt like “his whole life had prepared him for this moment.”
Then professor said to me, “The key to great public speaking is believing that your whole life has prepared you for this moment.”
It turned out that the subject I was to speak on was exactly what my company’s software did; we just gave it a different name. I later realized that God had prepared me for that moment; I simply hadn’t recognized His preparation because I had given it another name.
This is so profound and crucial to the understanding of our calling:
- God has been preparing us for the present moment that we are in.
- We often don’t recognize God’s preparation / architecture / choreography in our life because we have different names for it.
We may call it: God may calls it:
Hardship Training in perseverance
A hobby A glimpse of your true desire
Betrayal Training in discernment
Boredom Revelation of who you aren’t
Injustice Training in righteousness
A friendship A deposit into your life
Loss Training in faith
- God is using this moment to prepare us for the next moment that is coming.
So, let us know what we’re doing, love what we’re doing and believe that our whole life has prepared us for what we’re doing.