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inspirational speaking 101

If you’re a Christian speaker, please share what you have learned. Not a speaker? If you’ve been changed by what a Christian speaker has shared with you I want to hear what you have to say, too. Please share your “advice for a new speaker” with me.

like water

Big, jagged pieces of concrete and old hunks pavement ground their bones deep into the mud. While they held the creek bed from eroding away, painfully absent were the smooth stones that grace lovely mountain streams and clear running brooks in far-off places–the kind of streams that parks are built around and people hike to and strip off their socks for–to place weary feet on, to caress their soles against smooth, lovely stones—allowing the tensions of hard, heavy lives to be cooled and released–carried off by a swift-moving current to places far, far away.