As a child, teenager and adult my greatest fear was public speaking. In sixth grade, I read in front of my class for 3 minutes until the room started spinning and I nearly passed out. In eighth grade, I had intense stomach pain. My mom took me to the doctor thinking it may be my appendix. We discovered the pain, although very real, was the result of anxiety about an upcoming speech in English. As a new pastor, in my mid-30s, I threw up every Sunday morning for four years. I still get nervous every time I talk in front of people whether a group of 10 or 1,000.
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