I. Am. NERVOUS !!!
I love singing, but I do NOT believe I have a very good, strong voice. I can "carry a tune" but I definitely think I sound better harmonizing with others and/or singing in "the background."
This whole thing came about because I had taught a lesson to my 11-year old Sunday School class about "The Parable of the Talents." If you are unfamiliar with this Biblical story, here is my brief summary:
Jesus taught about a Lord who had three servants. He gave each of them "Talents" to use. They received 5, 2, and 1 "talent" respectively. After a period of time they were to return to their Lord and reconcile what they had done with these "talents." The servant with 5 returned with 5 more ... and was blessed. The servant with 2 returned with 2 more ... and was blessed. But the servant with 1 "talent" had hid it in the earth and returned with just that one ... and he was considered an unwise servant.
Now I know that "talents" can refer to many different things, but one of those certainly can be the "gifts" we've been blessed with by our Father in Heaven. I know that one of my "gifts" is an ear for and a love of music. To avoid being an "unwise" servant, I MUST work to build on that "talent" rather than hiding it. Which is why, several months ago, I agreed to sing this solo ... despite my absolute terror about singing by myself in front of a whole crowd of people.
wish me well on expanding my comfort zone today as I sing ... (all alone!) ... in front of 100 - 200 people this afternoon. And if you hear my "exercising my talent to sing" please try to be as supportive as you can and KNOW that I am very self conscious about my ability to sing. But I am TRYING! :)