I’m teaching this weekend on Refuel, and if I’m honest with you, I’d tell you I have little or no credibility in this area right now. My pace of life is interfering with my connection to God. For many speakers, this makes a topic unapproachable. I think it might be more of an opportunity, as long as you:
Are honest about your failure. People are looking for honesty and authenticity in you as a speaker already, so an admission that you don’t have it all together can be powerful. Too often the preacher stands in front as if everything is OK, when it totally isn’t. I love it when a speaker reveals a failure.
Tell the plan you’re taking to attack this area. I suppose it could also be a plan you want to take, if you haven’t started already. Give other people a helping hand up and out of the trap they’re in by walking them through the process for restoration.
Focus on what could be if you changed. I like it when we imagine what could be – what would our community look like if we lived this way? How would our relationships be different? How much more vibrant for Christ would we be? Looking at the results from living this way, whether we do at the moment or not, can be a powerful way to lead people in an area where you’re personally struggling.