Originally Posted by Mountain Peeps
Okay, I just had to share the story of the debate today with you all!
So, for those of you who do not know what debate is, here's the basics. There are 4 main types of debate: Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Spontaneous Argumentation and Parliamentary Debate. In our class, we did Team Policy. With Team Policy, you are assigned a partner to work with and a resolution/case to research and organize. You have to find evidence supporting an affirmative case and negative case for the resolution. For example, our resolution this semester was: The United States should substantially reform its guest worker program. As the affirmative, you are defending this resolution, while as the negative you are required to defend the status quo and argue against everything the affirmative says. (Respectfully and professionally, that is.) Anyways, there are 8 speeches total. (Four for each team.) The first affirmative speech is the ONLY speech that is scripted. The rest of the speeches and arguments are pretty much thinking on your feet, using evidence you found prior to the debate that could help you, cross examining your opponents, countering their arguments and convincing the judge that your ideas are correct. The negative is THE hardest side to be on simply because you're pretty much winging the whole thing.
ANYWAYS, my partner and I found out that we were going against the team of three today......and that we were negative.Last night, I was reading in John about some of the miracles Jesus performed while on Earth and it struck me that that Jesus, the one who raised a man from the dead, healed the sick, caused the blind to see and did all these amazing other things, is living INSIDE of ME and is the one who is living through me. I firmly believe that Jesus can do anything through me. (Phil. 4:13) Over these past weeks of studying and preparing for debate, I really have been focusing on praying for confidence, not in myself, but in the Holy Spirt. We can only find our TRUE confidence and worth in Jesus Christ. So, even though my partner and I got the hardest side of the debate round, I felt COMPLETELY at peace. When I got up to speak, I felt like confidence was overflowing out of me. I wasn't paying any attention to what I was saying, yet it all made sense! I truly felt like God was speaking and living through me without me doing a thing!!
Oh, and by the way, my partner and I won today's debate!!!! Thanks for the prayers everyone! God is amazing!!!