But should that make a difference? If my nerve problems were a result of a desire to perform, to be better than the other guys who were preaching, then it's certainly a good thing. The scary idea is that maybe I'm not taking the task seriously. Whether I'm going to be a pastor or not, the Word of God is still the Word of God. It's still worth a serious treatment.
My usual posture is to assume the worst about myself. I would naturally assume I'm not taking the Word seriously enough. Against all odds, however, I am confident that my lack of nerves came from a lack of pretense. I didn't want to cast the illusion that I'm going to be the next great preacher (not that anyone thought that).
I'm going to preach once more this semester, and I hope that I can have a similar experience. But even if I don't, the Holy Spirit is powerful, and He determines the effect of the Word preached. That, I think, is the key to preaching.