Toastmasters Topics: Renewal

Charlyn is Toastmaster at Wednesday’s meeting, and she has chosen the topic of renewal.

'Library books.' photo (c) 2006, Jeffrey Beall - license: encounter the idea of renewal frequently in my life…

  • The other day, I renewed my library books.
  • My mailbox often contains envelopes inviting me to renew a subscription to a magazine I like.
  • I received the renewal tags for the church van in the mail yesterday.

Vows, licenses, subscriptions–all things we renew.

I’m currently in need of renewal of my spirit. It’s been a challenging week so far, I’m not sleeping well and I’m a bit under the weather. Overall, I’m tired because life has been moving fast for me since November without much of a break. I’m desperately looking forward to a week of Sabbath in April and trying to find spaces and corners for rest in the mean time.

How does renewal come? For me, it comes

  • In quiet.
  • Through prayer.
  • Over coffee with a friend.
  • Couch time with my family.
  • Sleep.
  • Good music.

As often happens, I think of a Scripture that references our topic:

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.”

—-Isaiah 40:31

The renewer of hearts, mind and strength is none other than the Creator of the ends of the earth.

If you’re in need of renewal like I am, may you find rest in God.

(Riverbend Toastmasters meets at noon each Wednesday in the multi-purpose room of the Henderson County Public Library. Everyone’s welcome to join us!)