"Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take." MARY BAKER EDDY

How valuable are you?

I was trying to decide whether to be a presenter at a seminar. Someone I used to work with in the museum field, who now worked for a zoo, had recommended me. Six other people and I were to take part in a three-day intensive planning seminar.

Initially, I was flattered. I was looking forward to participating. That is, until I got the list of participants. I was stunned. They were all nationally recognized experts, published authors, or well-known academics in the field. How could I possibly fit in as a part of this group?! I felt inadequate, afraid, apprehensive. I'd agreed to present, but how could I show courage instead of concern, confidence instead of insecurity?

I had turned to prayer for help before and had never been disappointed. Bad relationships, lack of purpose, unemployment needs, housing, sickness—they'd all been problems God had solved for me.

Sam's lizard
February 5, 2001

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