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Dealing With Nerves

Every preacher and teacher gets a little nervous before delivering their talk.  Mark Batterson is no exception.  He recently blogged about how he deals with the nerves.

Just thought I’d take this opportunity to process how I deal with nerves because I feel like I’ve experienced a break through in recent months. For most of us, the “bigger the opportunity” the more excited and more nervous we get. I think getting nervous is normal and natural. If we don’t get nervous, maybe we aren’t taking the opportunity as seriously as we should. I also think it keeps us on our knees in raw dependence upon God. But the problem is that for many speakers, nerves cause them to lose their personality, lose their energy, and quite literally, lose their nerve. The fundamental problem is this: we care far too much about what people think of us. In a sense, we’re more focused on ourselves than the people we’re speaking too!

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