Are You Nervous Yet?

February 18, 2011

Here's the final section of chapter two of my book, A Day of Hope.  If you missed the first seven sections, you can follow the links below and read them for free.

Picture: What does it look like?
The Whole Enchalida
Honor Your Promises
A Big Commitment
Getting Friends, Family, & Coworkers Involved
Mobilizing Volunteers
No Comfort Zone Needed



Now that I’ve scared you with the need to promise so much and find a way to keep those promises, are you nervous?  I know I would be, and I am always nervous every year for A Day of Hope.  Leading A Day of Hope will definitely test your courage and strength.  And making the promise and fighting to keep it will certainly cause you to become nervous—at least it does for me. 

News flash!  Getting nervous can actually be a good thing!  Jack Nicklaus, who’s won more major golf tournaments than any other golfer (he’s won 18, Tiger Woods has won 14) said he loved to be a little nervous.  It always made him “concentrate just a little harder,” and therefore made him play slightly better.  It helped him focus on what was important and block out distractions, critics and other things that might have prevented him from playing his best.  Getting nervous for him actually made his performance better, and he has the records to prove it.

Is leading A Day of Hope like playing golf?  Not really.  But the concept of being nervous is the same—it’s a natural reaction.  Nervousness is often just a little bit of excitement that you have for something when you’re not sure what the end result will be. 

My nervousness led me to lean on and trust God more.  I learned to trust God to lead me where He wants me to go.  He already has everything planned out and chosen for me, so the only thing I can do is show up every day and give my very best effort.  Everything else after that is up to Him.  I know He won’t always work everything out perfectly the way I want him to, but He will work it out perfectly according to the way He wants it. 

            So, are you nervous yet? 

Because if you are, then it’s a good thing!  That means that you sincerely care for other people and it will help you concentrate harder to do better work.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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