We're all pretenders, in one way or another.
No, it ain't our fault- society demands it.
I've battled social phobia for long.
I still do.
I sing all day, but not if you ask me to.
I write, shying from the embarrassment of being judged.
"All the world's a stage", Shakespeare quoted.
How do you live then, if you've got stage-fright?
You could take deep breaths.
You could give yourself a pep talk.
You could pace about the place rapidly.
You could faint in the midst of a panic attack.
When my hands tremble,
When my breath turns hot and shallow,
When my face twitches in a failed attempt to smile,
When I'm turning red and longing to disappear;
All it takes is a ranting session with the God I know,
A few nasty expressions and my frustration thrown in,
His assurance, His knowing smile, His presence,
His promise to come with me, wherever I may go.
It makes our world a different place.
Here, there is no faking, no hiding in shame, no guilt.
There ain't no snide remarks, no mocking laughter.
I can sing my best. I can write from my heart.
I can walk tall because He becomes my strength.
Do you know how it is to have a friend, so true?
To have a warrior that unfailingly protects?
To have a guide that encourages with faith?
To have someone who loves with pure sincerity?
His touch is yours. His words are yours.
How can you not be your best when His POWER is yours?
Shut out the audience, if the shadows scare you.
Live your life, uninhibited.
You will have set the stage on fire!