Do you even want to be a motivational speaker?
None of that matters now. God calls us to speak up for him. Gabbing is your new format. Do you have an elevator speech? That is, can you tell listeners (in less than five minutes) the story of your salvation? Can you captivate people with a one-liner about God’s goodness to you?
Do you take the opportunity to practice speaking anywhere at the drop of a hat?
For example; your co-worker is complaining about the weather.
You reply something like this. “Well, it is God’s Garden. I guess he can water if he wants to!”
Why should you volunteer to do scripture readings in church?
Why should you be the parent who volunteers to give a message to your kid’s grade five class?
Why should you read the minutes of the meetings at the local dart club?
I’ll tell you why. You need practice. Know your story so well that you could do it without notes if you have to. Why? Because! You might have to! Speaking up for Jesus is not always easy. It’s just hard to gab without rambling off-topic.
And by the way, do you dress like you are a child of the king?
My friend used to say, “I’m a writer. I can wear that.”
But she was wrong. You can look as weird as you like, but if people don’t take you seriously, what is the point?
Your clothes should be clean and neat and yes, even pressed. Your footwear should not be run down at the heel and shabby.
The latest fad outfit just tells people you are easily swayed. You follow the crowd. They will believe that your faith does the same. Remember. You are a child of God with things to say.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15)