During a training session at the New Church Leadership Institute, Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith posed the question: "Are you Holy Ghost shy?"
We were talking about engaging our mission field, and I wrote down the question, and kept writing as he said, "Will you let the Spirit move you–" and I was about to write "Yes!" and then he went on to say, "–move you away from your manuscript?"
And he may have meant it metaphorically, but I heard it the way I was most afraid to hear it as a good little manuscript preacher.
"Are you Holy Ghost shy?"
"Will you let the spirit move you, move you away from your manuscript?"
I have been avoiding those uncomfortable questions for the past couple of weeks.
But today, if he asked those questions, I could answer, "I am not, and yes, I did!"