So, The Orange Conference came and went. Months and months of preparation culminated in the three days that happened in the Gwinnett Convention Center and Arena in Atlanta, Ga., and it was a blast. Exhausting. But a blast.
And during that conference, I got to be a part of one of my favorite things we do each year at The Orange Conference. Showcase. It’s where we actually perform a future FX (Family Experience) script so people who do one, have done one, or are thinking about doing one can see it for themselves.
Now, this year, I got to play a character I have been dying to play ever since the creative team developed him. His name is Reginald Fastidious, III. The character claims to be the “world’s greatest Shakespearean One Man Bible Storyteller.” But, in reality, he’s just snobbish and lacking any real talent.
So, this year at Showcase, I had an opportunity to play him. And I was ecstatic. Until, that is, I realized I had never played him before. Only in my mind had I been Reginald. But I hadn’t actually done this role in front of a live audience. And, as Showcase time started to draw nearer and nearer, I became petrified, wrought with self-doubt, and so nervous I was unable to eat for a couple of days.
Yep. “Stage Fright” times 30.
What if I messed up? What if I play this character horribly? What if I ruin people’s image of this character? Of FX!? OF OUR ENTIRE MINISTRY!!!?? AHHHHHHH! I DON’T WANT TO DO IT!! I DON’T WANT TO DO IT!!!
And then . . .
The Showcase happened. And I had to go on stage. And . . . it went well. Reginald worked. It was fun. I think the audience had fun. And, I think, we managed to creatively engage an audience while telling about God’s big story.
So, why am I telling you this? For one simple reason.
Any time you try something new, fear will creep in. And when fear creeps in, you start putting unrealistic expectations on yourself, extra pressure, and unnecessary worry in your brain. But never forget, you aren’t doing this alone, and you’re definitely not trying to be perfect. That’s God’s job. Check your worries and fears at the door, work hard and have fun, and see what amazing things happen when God works through it.