In truth, it is impossible for us to know for certain how much anxiety Timothy felt in taking on leadership roles in the church and community, but I personally do not think that Timothy was a timid or fearful guy. It is clear that Timothy was a young man who, though perhaps reluctant to assert his authority, was not fearful when convinced that God had a job for him to do. Paul never doubts the abilities of Timothy when he sends this young soldier into hostile territory.
I find that writing helps me clarify my thoughts. In this way writing helps my preaching and preaching helps my writing. I happen to preach from a full manuscript (though I adlib and self-edit as I deliver). Completing a full manuscript takes extra time and much work every week, but it is rewarding because I feel that my thoughts are well organized before I get into the pulpit. Now that may not work for you, especially if you (unlike me) are good on your feet. However, you may consider doing what guys like Ray Pritchard have done and writing out your full sermon the week after you deliver it.
Getting words on paper really helps clarify your message and your thoughts.
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