For an extrovert like me, there is nothing better than to be asked to speak before a group of people. Throw God into the mix and it becomes just about perfect.
One of my favorite talks goes something like this:
I begin by handing out envelopes with different scripts inside to people as they enter. What makes this fun is if I know the people personally and I have written the script just for them. After everyone has been seated and we've sung a few worship songs, I begin by asking the people with the envelopes to open them, stand and read the script aloud, one by one.
"I cannot BELIEVE she said that about me. I am just FURIOUS. How on earth could she think I have my nails done there? That is obviously not a quality nail salon and I am...."
"...so if I can get out of here in time, I should be able to get to Target by 11 and Chili's by 11:45. Maybe I can beat the crowd and get a halfway decent table......"
"It's gonna be one-hundred-stinkin'-forty-two degrees today, and I have no air conditioning in the car! Why on earth would it choose today of all days to go out on me?? What a great sense of humor you have, God!"
"B-O-R-I-N-G. Why do I come to devotions, anyway? It's always so dumb. These speakers could put someone who was hyperactive to sleep in no time."
After all of the scripts have been read (usually about 15), I then give a very short talk about spending time alone with God, clearing our minds and hearts - listening for His voice and what He wants to say. Then I have everyone read their scripts aloud at the same time while I read the scripture below.
Then I ask everyone what the scripture I just read had to say to them.
For some reason, it never fails to make an impact.
It's awfully hard for God to talk to you if you fill your mind with other things. Whether spoken or unspoken, if your mind is busy with thoughts other than what God wants to say to you when you've devoted that time to Him, you're not only cheating God, but yourself...in a big way.
So what does God have to do or use to get YOU to listen? 2 X 4? Sledgehammer? What's YOUR script?
"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world." (NLT)