Did you know?

Did you know Tiger Woods, Julia Roberts, Samuel L Jackson and Charlie Sheen all stutter or previously stutter?

Apparently I stutter(ed)

At age 15 years I completed my first work application. I became trumped at the disability question. I seriously didn’t know if my stutter was classified as a disability or not. Turns out it isn’t. I recall approaching a girl I had crushed on for a few months and as I disrupted her journey to engage her in conversation, I stuttered. My very first word after “excuse me please, can I talk to you please” was a stutter. To be exact it was “wwwwhats your name” looool, funny thing is I already knew her name lol. If you don’t believe click this https://soundcloud.com/vesblake
I always shied away from conversations and would often talk with a low voice as I didn’t want to risk stuttering, or jabbed by the consequential joke.

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I prayed for years about my stutter and shyness and without any therapy I overcame both. I hardly stutter anymore and I’ve achieved things that previously my shyness and stutter would’ve crippled. I’ve taught young people for 9 years and led wellbeing training for professionals. Additionally I’ve spoken in front of hundreds of people, hosted a show and have a podcast.

My limitation soon became my most prized asset and source of income (my voice).

Does God call the unqualified?

It’s very important not to let our perceived disadvantages consume us. Stevie wonder is blind but can play the Piano with such elegance. Nwankwo Kano had a heart condition but played football for over 15 years and set up a heart foundation. And Steven Hawkins has ALS and is paralysed but he’s an established author, director or research and former lecturer at Cambridge. Regardless of ones situation all things are possible with a receptive and open heart.

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As I previously wrote in “Pushing your boundaries and exiting your comfort zone” Moses who led a whole nation to freedom stuttered. He successfully ushered 600,000 people out of Egypt and into Israel. He lacked confidence, he lacked fluent speech but God chose him. What makes this even more fascinating is he had to persuade them to go through enemy territory, through the desert full of mountains or to cross through the Red Sea. If you look at Images at the likely location of where the possible escape routes were you would understand that the Israelites stood little chance of successfully taking any of the routes. They were basically trapped. They said to Moses,

“Why did you bring us to the desert to die? Weren’t there any graves in Egypt? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? We told you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians.’ It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die here in the desert!”
Exodus 14: 11-12

Moses had to address thousands of people and the charismatically persuade them to follow him into the Red Sea, God entrusted a stutterer with such a pivotal role. Moses said to his people

“Don’t be afraid. Stand firm. You will see how the Lord will save you today. Do you see those Egyptians? You will never see them again. The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.”
Exodus 14: 13-14

 

As the scripture tells us, Moses parted the Red Sea and led the Israelites to their liberation. He done so with the help of Aaron but he led them. A shy stutterer manage to convince thousands of people to walk through a sea.

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called and if you listen and follow him obediently he will surprise you and those around you.

The Lessons to be taken away

1) Your perceived limitations can only limit you as much as you allow them too.
2) To be obedient to the word of God as God wants us to listen to him.

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