There are few things I hate in life more than speaking in front of people.I don't mean two hundered,I mean more than five.(Although#1 on my list,rates at the top).
The commander of my Shriner unit asked me to be the unit chaplin.My duties include keeping track of sick brothers and their families.I make calls and send cards(ok).I make reports to the units at the meetings (ok).To give the prayer , not once, but twice at the meetings( not ok).
Prayer is very private to me. To say one in public is just down right scarey. I can screw up a two word passage.On top of the fact I feel like I sound like Fred Flintstone.
After a couple of meetings and a dinner,I CHEATED! I gave up! I printed the prayer out and read it as everyone bowed their heads.Not the same to me,but I don't sound like a complete dumd ass! No one seemed to notice,but I did.
When your commander ask you for help,it is not proper to turn him down.I told him of my fears.He had back up just incase I screwed up and then pissed my pants! lucky for me I have not pissed yet, but the year is young( maybe Depents will help).
I admit it gets easier every time , but i still will print
Till next time---POOHPA