When we first began performing, the nerves always kicked in huge before going on stage. Even if the crowd consisted of friends and family (yes, in the early days sometimes that was it) I would pressure myself to perfection. But I never reached perfection, and there would be several mistakes that I remembered well. Can you relate? Gymnastics, soccer, dance, giving speeches in class… whenever there is an audience, do you freeze?
I recently heard from a girl who has this dilemma when on stage performing a song. The nerves kick in and cause her to make mistakes.
Well, I think mistakes can’t be avoided completely. I still make mistakes after all these years. ☺
Freedom. Ah, that word is like fresh air. I’ve discovered why nerves come around…fear. Fear of letting people down, or looking dumb in front of people. We’re all human and prone to mistakes. Yet we can be free from the fear of pleasing others, no matter the outcome.
“We who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh…” (Phil. 3:3)
I now see my occasional nerves as a reminder that I rely completely on God when I walk onto a stage. I admit that I can’t do this on my own. Putting confidence in God, rather than in myself. I can’t promise a perfect outcome, but I love the freedom I experience as a worship leader to sing for one Person only.
Ask yourself “Why”?
Why do you step onto a stage, hit the field, put on your ballet shoes, warm up and get ready for a game, performance, or play? Make a challenge to yourself to memorize the words of Phil 3:3 – “We who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh…”. Girls, don’t give up and let your fear win. Stare it down and take the step!
If you’ve experienced stage fright and have found a remedy, leave your comment below!