Lessons from my first spoken word experience.

A post by Ebenezer Agbey Quist

Exactly a year ago, I did my first ever spoken word ministration. That midweek service at PENSA KNUST saw exactly 998 people in attendance. 

The process was a challenging experience for me. It chiefly began after I just walked up to the spoken word trainer one Sunday morning and told him I wanted to minister.  

He was amazed and excited, but I on the other hand, spent the entire week ahead wondering what at all had come over me. I never spoke in front of such a large intellectual audience in my entire life. The thought of it alone sent shivers down my spine each time.

But whenever I went through my script, I felt something divine about it. “I can’t just keep this to myself,” I would ponder. Someone out there needs to hear this too. This thought kept me going. However, at some point, it would cross my mind: what if I forget the piece on stage? What if the tension makes me not remember even my first line? What if I screw everything up? Should I just resign quietly whilst I still can? 

Along the line, one scripture popped up to me. “For we are not sufficient in ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God.” I found solace in this text. I said to myself, “just make sure you give nothing less than your best. God’s got your back.” 

As is always said, courage is not the absence of fear, but the knack to forge ahead in the presence of it. This was certainly my turn to apply this.

When the time finally came, on that stage, my fears came alive. In the middle somewhere, one very important line just escaped me. And because it’s a continuous piece, with all rhymes and lines carefully ordered, I needed to remember that portion to continue the rest. 

As the congregation waited on me, I decided to just say something…to just take the previous line again. Then, HE intervened. The rest of everything, including the missing line, came flowing like a river. 

In the end, I finished my piece, and left in peace.

My lessons 

*Don’t stop at fear not to do what is required. Trust that it’s all going to work out. 

*Your skills might fail at some point, but don’t let that deter you. Your sufficiency is of God. 

*Come what may, don’t give anything less than your maximum effort. 

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