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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Excited Slip
By Tom Yarbrough
07/19/07


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While attending a very large church, I was asked to present a portion of a Family Life conference. I spoke to a group of Christians attending the married couples section. I talked about guilt and other issues, especially how we have allowed a dishonesty to creep in our relationships. I seemed in good form that morning, the audience sat on the edge of their seats, couples together holding hands, waiting for every word falling upon them. One of those quiet, atmospheric moments occurred as I was caught up in the dynamic, using Jonah and the whale as an example how couples ought to deal honestly with each other. I bombarded them with the idea that too often married Christians ran from each other and buried their difficulties. In my enthusiasm, I mesmerized the audience with my stare and said, “Don’t get caught in the belly of a whelly”.
Needless to say the serious moment was lost.


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Rita Garcia07/26/07
Thanks for sharing, and putting a smile in my day!

I have my own file of unexpected moments while speaking.
Dee Yoder 07/26/07
When I was a child, my pastor said, "Jonah in the whaley of the bale" during his sermon. :) Needless to say, he lost his point while the congregation burst out laughing. Kinda hard to get the "mood" back after these kinds of slip ups!
Phyllis Inniss 07/27/07
I know how you felt. I remember my mind going blank before a small audience. Talk about embarrassment!
Delores Baber07/27/07
Thanks for sharing your embarrashing moment. I once heard a youth director preach an intire sermon on the trouble of having neek wees [weak knees]. He never pronouced it right even 1 time.
Virginia Gorg07/27/07
Humor is always helpful to make a point. Cute story.
william price07/27/07
Cute. A lil short, but to the point. Nice job. God bless.
Lynda Schultz 07/31/07
Speakers nightmare. The only thing you can do is pretend it was planned! Cute illustration.
Janice Cartwright08/23/07
Maybe preachers and conference speakers should steer clear of fishy stories. Our pastor also had a slip of the lip once and called it a whale of a belly. After services I pronounced the whale of the belly found. (I won't say where!!) Liked your article. :)