The first cast of Listen To Your Mother - Southeast Texas
After months of preparation, prayer, practice and finally....slight panic.....we can say we were successful! Actually, we were better than successful......We were amazing!
Truly, we have earned that title, if even for just a while.
No one backed out. No one fainted. No one tripped up or down the steps and no one burst into tears, although we did tear into a few packs of tissues before, during and after.
But honestly, this was one of the most satisfying things I've ever done!
First off, the cast was wonderful. A great mix of professional moms, stay at home moms, retired moms and brand new moms, as well as, one "one day" mom and one humorous dad. And, we were the perfect team!
However, without our Director and Producer, Jennifer and Elaine, we would not have had the show we had. We truly could not have done this without them!
I can't imagine the entire production - from every practice to the final applause - going any smoother than it did. This is the result of a good team and good leadership.
Now, on to the more personal side of this event........
I never wanted to do this. This public speaking thing. In fact, I hated the thought of speaking in public, more than any other thing I might ever have to do. So, of course, it's where God called me to go. Yes, I'm blaming Him, but He's a big boy and He can handle it.
God stretches us; He grows us; He pushes us to the edge and it's all for a reason - so we can trust Him.
Each participant in this show may have a different reason for being there and they might also have a different result. But, for me - this is about God moving me out of my comfort zone and into a place where He needs me to stick my big toe. Not just to test the waters, but to test Him and see that he is faithful. And, I did. And, he was. And is.
I've already covered (in previous posts) how all the pieces of this came together. You can read those posts here, on the blog.
But, this was more than just bringing circumstances together and getting me involved in something much bigger than me. It was about me trusting that when God calls me and orchestrates that thing in my life that I can't imagine......He is faithful to carry me through!
No more wondering. No more questioning. No more saying "I can't" because I'm too afraid to try.
Now, that's not to say that I will be rushing right out to do more crazy things, but the next time I feel that tug of prayer and that tug of "do this" going on, I won't cower down as quickly. I won't just shove it aside and say "I could never do that!" And, I won't neglect to ask the Lord if this is another one of his ploys to grow me in ways I never imagined. And, it just might be.
Yes, I was scared to death. But, I got up there and I did it scared.
Scared is not failure. Scared is human. Scared says "I know I might fail, but I'm brave enough to try."
If there is something you feel you should be doing but you're terrified, hesitant, unsure, or just plain old scared........
Just do it scared!
You won't die and you will come out way ahead.