I am going to be very honest. The thought of deputation scares me. I'm a shy person by nature. If given the choice of talking to a new group of ladies or sitting alone by myself, I'd pick the second choice every time. But, that's not what God has called me to do!
Someone recently made the comment that shyness is a form of pride. Ouch!! That hurt!
I thought okay Lord, here is my next topic of Bible study.
When I feel nervous, I may be focused on what I should say, or how I look or, how my children's behavior is a reflection on me. There are a lot of "I"s in there right? Instead, I should be focusing outward, not inward. Who can I encourage while I am at this church? What does the pastor's wife need? How can I make this person feel comfortable? Lord, how can I be a blessing?
Philippians 2:4,5 says,
"4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"
When my focus changes to the needs of others and having the mind of Christ to help meet those needs, I have no room to be shy. The only way We will have the mind of Christ is by being in His word.