A couple of years later, that teacher would write in my yearbook: "I will look for your name in print." She knew I loved to write, but I don't think she held out much hope for my future in public speaking. And, as an aside, in the early 1980's, I doubt that she'd expect my name to be on a computer screen and accessible worldwide.
When my Bible study or small group prays together, I sit there in silence. In my head I know what I'd say, I've thought out the wording, and I'm hearing a small voice telling me, Say it! But generally I wait so long that the opportunity passes.
Even in an informal, just hanging out, kind of conversation, I'm almost always the quietest one. One on one, I'm fine. In a group, I never seem to find an opportunity to speak up.
But give me a keyboard, or pen and paper, and I'll write all day!
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