I am always amazed at the number of extraordinarily talented people who have yet to be discovered. I'm convinced, there are an incredible amount of them in the church. Listen to this video of a man by the name of Paul Potts. Up until the time of his appearance on this reality TV show he was a Mobile phone salesman. When people view this video, many just weep, and I understand why. He's extraordinarily gifted - by God, to sing opera. I am not even a big opera fan, but this guy gives me chills. I listen to him and I think...who is the next Paul Potts? There might be someone sitting next to you in church, or working down the street in CVS or Burger King, who possesses an extraordinary gift from God that nobody knows about yet. Amazing! I want to be a person in life, or even more than that a leader in ministry - who finds people that have untapped talent. I desire to bring them out from the shadows and into the light and show people their giftings.
No one would ever guess what happened to me this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida...so I'm going to tell you. :) As I was preaching at the Fearless Tour at New Hope Assembly of God this weekend, I got choked up, literally. For probably 2-3 minutes I coughed profusely and greatly struggled. Then I drank some water and kept preaching. Everyone was gracious to give me a few moments to get my bearings. If you were there, you'll remember it! What no one realized at the time was that I swallowed a bug that flew right in while I was preaching! So disgusting! I said nothing because I was at a point in the sermon where I was really connecting and I knew if I said, "I swallowed a bug," everyone would either laugh profusely or be really concerned, or start feeling sorry for me. And at that point whey wouldn't be thinking about the message anymore, but the fact that I had just swallowed a bug. They would then imagine what it would be like, and feel grossed out which