Start by opening your mouth

August 11th, 2011

Hello and Welcome to another episode of The Thursday Blog. You are going to enjoy today’s episode whether you are reading this for the first time or you have used this as a mid-week guide to life for many years and built a global empire specialising but not limited to, lighting products.

So here we are again. Wow, the eye of the tiger just started on my ipod, I feel so pumped.

In the blue corner: weighing in at slightly more pounds than he did before Christmas…….. Dan the Panther Lee-Archer.

Oh, it is now Party Rock Anthem, this could get interesting. I am not going to do another episode influenced by an ipod on shuffle like I have done before; instead I will simply admit that everyday I’m shuffling, and move on towards today’s episode called:

Start by opening your mouth

Have you ever been in a situation where you are forced to simply make something up on the spot? Well that happened to me and to tell you the story we must take the overseas journey to a land called Rwanda.

In the year I can’t remember and can’t be bothered to look up, I journeyed to Rwanda as part of a youth team for the Hope Rwanda project. This was a project started by Mark Zschech (you may have heard of him) and his wife Darlene Zschech (now you know who I am talking about). The project was to give the country 100 days of hope to combat the 100 days of evil that happened only a number of years earlier. Churches from around the world sent people who did everything from building houses to holding youth events (that is what we did). It was awesome but when we went to a youth pastors training conference I was put in a very funny situation.

I was asked to speak for 5 mins at this conference speaking to a number of youth pastors from the area. Normally I perform rather than speak and I was asked to do it just before I got in the car to drive there; but I had 2 hours drive to prepare so I was up for the challenge. I took that whole car trip to prepare my little message and when I felt confident I confirmed what I was doing with the Rwandan youth pastor (yes they have one pastor that is in charge of all youth pastors in all churches – cool hey).

“So as the leader of my group told me, I am speaking for a little bit at the start of this conference then I will pass to you. Is that right?”

“Yes that’s right. You will speak for the first 40 minutes and then I will take over.”

Dan starts spluttering.

“Sorry how long???”

“About 40 minutes, but you can go for 45 -50 if you like. Isn’t that what Danielle (our missions coordinator) told you?”

Dan almost fainting.

“Yes, of course she did”.

About 10 minutes later we arrive (late) and I get rushed into the hall straight onto the stage and introduced to the conference. Sure there was only 30-40 people there but the expectation of the special guest from Australia was tremendous. I didn’t know what to do so I simply started by opening my month. I spoke my prepared five minutes on using creativity to bring youth into our ministry. After about 3 minutes my 5 minutes was done and I was out on my own.

“I want you to think…”

(Pause whilst thinking what am I going to say)

“I want you to really think…”

(Longer pause whilst thinking what am I going to say)

“In fact I want you to close your eyes’’

(Awkwardly long pause whilst thinking what in the world are you doing!!!!!)

“I want you to think …………..”

I was at the end of the road here. I had prepared all I could, I had tried my best and with all the confidence I could muster I had brought myself to here. Then a beautiful thing happened. I thought of something to say.

I learnt something very important that day. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you don’t know where you are heading just as long as you are moving. I really didn’t know what I was going to say but I did know that I wanted to help these people, and I was willing to do it no matter how hard it was. This can be true in our relationships. We want to connect with people at work but we don’t know what to say. You want to talk and get to know your teenage child but feel like you are in another country. You want to tell your family, friend or neighbour about the miracle of Jesus but you haven’t had enough time to prepare. Sometimes all you need to do is simply start and see what happens. Your desire to help will speak louder than any words you could say.

Have Fun.

Dan

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One Response to “Start by opening your mouth”

  1. Margo, Children's Ministry Academy Says:

    I’m so happy that I’ve found your blog. Your writing style is clever and quirky, and I love it! You are so right—as someone that often finds herself in a situation where she needs to think of something to say immediately, I’ve found that as long as I keep going and working through the awkwardness, I’ll think of the right thing to say. Thank you for sharing!

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