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Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)
TITLE: One Small Risk
By Cyndi Anderson
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To have called me shy would be an understatement. I had gone to school nearly a year and spoken to no one. I came and left quietly and quickly, lest anyone accidentally encounter me. It was April and I decided for whatever reason one decides these things that my situation needed to change. It was then I walked into a circle of chairs.
Sitting apprehensively I waited for the meeting to start. It was a Campus Christian Club and since I had gone to church most of my life it seemed as good a place for an adventure as anywhere. After the leader opened, probably in prayer, he stated that it was testimony day and we would go around in the circle and give ours.
Panic! Fear engulfed me. I had no idea what a testimony was. My plan for a quiet entrance and exit vanished in that moment. I know it was a God thing now, but on that day I was only thankful they started at the other side of the circle and I would be last. Listening intently I made my plan. I would piece together my own testimony from all of theirs and get out as quickly as I could. I thought it was my plan but I was wrong.
Forced to listen intently, I momentarily forgot my panic and concentrated on the task at hand. Taking a piece here and a snippet there I put together a testimony of being saved at camp after being convicted of my sin. It seemed right as I had been to camp before. I got through the meeting and slipped out without having to meet anyone or engage in conversation. It was a small step that would grow larger with time.
That night I felt true conviction as I realized I actually was a sinner and needed a savior. Kneeling by my bed I asked Jesus to forgive me just like in my testimony! God changed my life that day. I went back to the next meeting of the group and eventually made the first true friends of my life.
I still fear meeting new people, that first conversation, but I no longer let that fear rule me. God opened me up a whole new world that day. He gave me Himself, the best of friends. The entire direction and focus of my life changed that day when I took one small risk.
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