At the recent National Pastors Convention that Leadership helped to sponsor, John Ortberg preached about Peter overcoming his fears to accept Jesus' invitation to come to him as he walked on the water. In Ortberg's words, "If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat." Ortberg told a memorable story about a pastor who needed to confront an individual who was causing conflict in the church. But the pastor confided to his wife that he was afraid to speak to the troublemaker because "every time I think about this person, I get sweaty palms, and every time I have to confront someone, my mouth goes dry." His wife's pithy response: "Why don't you lick your palms?"

source: Marshall Shelley, 2001 tags: Fear