283 Words On Preaching

Your mission — should you choose to accept it — is to write and deliver a fifteen-minute inspirational speech this week. The speech must be well-researched and written, and it should be relevant to the people you are speaking to. The goal of the speech is to inspire the listener to become a better human being. Don’t make it too inspiring though. It has to have substance. Make it interesting and funny while you’re at it. 

How are you feeling about this challenge? It’s hard, right? You can do it. I believe in you!

By the way, you’re going to have a busy week this week. Preparing this speech is something you’re going to have to squeeze in around your other duties at home and work. Your other work may or may not include planning a funeral or counseling someone through the worst crisis of their life. You may need to plan a board meeting this week or run a committee meeting or two. You’ll also need to attend to your normal duties at home and nurture your private relationships. It’ll be hard, but some weeks are like that. 

One more thing. You will be doing another speech just like this next week. And the week after that. And the one after that.  You will produce an original 15-minute speech every single week

How are you feeling about this challenge now? 

This is preaching life. I’m not here to complain about it. I love it, in fact. That said, it’s a lot. It’s a lot to preach every week, and if you’ve never thought about it before, well, maybe now you have! 

Well done, preachers. Give yourselves a pat on the back. 

#WritersWrite and I write almost every day. I sometimes share my thoughts publicly in this series called “500 Words or Less” This practice allows me to explore a variety of different topics in a restrained/contained way and learn what resonates with people. I wrote it, not AI. If you share, please give proper credit. © Traci Smith, 2023. All Rights Reserved.

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