I hope you have had a joyous holiday with your loved ones. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love all the happy feelings that come with it and spending time with my family. However, I saw a social media post recently that gave me pause:
“Christmas feels more like a deadline than a holiday.”
That resonated with me because I wanted to make sure I sent my Christmas cards out in enough time this month and was rushing to get those last few gifts. It was starting to feel like a countdown! Once today arrived though, I felt more calm and ready to enjoy the day.
Sometimes it feels like a frenzied rush to the finish line when we are preparing for a presentation. Deciding on the theme, creating the content, organizing your points, considering which stories and examples to use, prop selection (if you’re using them), and much more. And once you have it all prepared, you go over it AGAIN to see what changes you want to make. Then the big day comes for you to deliver it. Your presentation is received very well, and you now breathe a sigh of relief! You drove yourself crazy in the process though.
In moments like these, we should remember to enjoy the journey. Creating something brand new can be daunting and nerve-wracking for sure, but it is also an exhilarating and amazing experience. You are putting your heart and soul into creating a message that can change perspectives, future decisions, and lives. You’re putting serious thought into the best way to communicate a message that will touch your listeners, and drive action. It’s a good idea to reflect on the progress you’re making along the way as you prepare, instead of waiting until the very end to enjoy the “end product.”
Enjoy the journey.
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To your speaking success,
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- 1 Peter 4:10-11
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