For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Right from childhood and as far as I can remember, I’ve been a complete introvert and an extremely timid person. As I grew up, my timidity only increased to an extent that it even hampered my relationships with people. Meeting a new person or even meeting a relative after a long time would make me anxious and uncomfortable. Very often, when my uncles and other family members visited from overseas, I would shy away or try to make excuses to not have to meet and speak with them.
The RYC 2017 however, was a changing point in my life. I was touched by the Holy Spirit who set me free and took away my timidity and I was filled with courage and boldness. The Conference itself was a wonderful experience and despite the huge number of participants present, I felt like we were all one big family.
During one of the sessions were were asked to answer a questionnaire in order to help us discover the and discern between 4 roles: Teacher, Pastor, Worship Leader and Intercessor. Based upon the questionnaire, my role turned out to be that of a Pastor, which left me bewildered, since an ideal Pastor would need to be a people-person and the mere thought of being around people made me uneasy. Little did I know that God was already working within me through His Spirit.
Post Conference, I felt bold and courageous which I believe is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The next day, as I visited one of my friend’s home, rather than shying away from those present, I greeted everyone (to their surprise and mine as well!) saying, ‘God loves you‘. On my way home, I shouted out loudly- ‘God loves everyone here‘! A couple of people turned around and looked at me as though I was mad, but rather than feeling awkward and embarrassed, I was peaceful, happy and comfortable. Truly, I have been set free by the Spirit of God, for which I thank, praise and glorify Him!