It was the night of the regional championship game. The coach gave the varsity girls his usual pregame talk and then looked at my daughter and asked, “Ready for the devotion?”
It took her a fraction of a second to freak out internally—because, no, she wasn’t ready.
It took another fraction of a second to decide there was no way she was going to risk the utter embarrassment that would come along with confessing that, for the biggest game of the season so far, she had completely forgotten it was her turn to prepare a devotion.
Instead, she took a breath and said, “Yep!” and dove in. Using her confirmation passage, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13,14), she shared pregame encouragement from God’s Word.
I guess it turns out that she was ready after all. While she may not have been prepared for that moment, she has been prepared for any moment. Between our family’s conversations about faith, worshiping in church, reading her Bible, and learning from teachers, the Holy Spirit has worked in her so that she would “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks her to give the reason for the hope that she has” (slightly changed from 1 Peter 3:15).
Are you prepared if someone asks you about your hope? Are you ready to share the story about the change Jesus made in your life status—from enemy of God to child of God? Maybe you could tell the story of how God brought you to faith. Memorize a few Bible passages to help you as you share your hope. Send a friend to the Time of Grace website or the Your Time of Grace Facebook page. You don’t have to be eloquent or long-winded, or you could simply invite them to church with you and say, “Come and see.”
Whatever method you use, God will work through the message you share to bring others to him, or closer to him. Just be ready.
P.S. What passages do you use to share the hope that you have? Please share them in the comments and encourage us all!
P.P.S. The team won!
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who spends a lot of time in the bleachers talking to other parents while watching her kids play sports.