Before I went to Walmart yesterday with the kiddos, I was praying for some opportunities to chat with people in the store, or just smile and make eye contact with people, inviting conversation.
I was walking through the store and had almost wrapped up my shopping, when I saw a lady just coming in the store. When I made eye contact with her and smiled, she immediately started talking to me.
She quickly starting sharing things about her family. We had a nice chat for about ten minutes, and then we said goodbye and she went to shop and I got bought my things and went home.
After I got home and was working outside in the garden, I started to feel some regret from how I handled the situation.
I wished I would have prayed with her, or at least asked her if she wanted to pray. And then I wished that I had asked if she went to church somewhere and invited her to come to church with me.
Sometimes I miss my college days, when I was so bold in my witness- I remember saying- and writing in my journal- “They just need Jesus.”
But as I have gotten older, and I have seen more pain and hurt, and have dealt with questions I can’t answer- I think I have lost some of my boldness. Why? My faith in God is stronger today than it ever has been. I have witnessed answers to prayer, have seen God’s provision in our lives- I feel the freedom of His forgiveness and have felt the Holy Spirit working in my life.
So why do I hesitate to share? Though I may not be certain of the why- I know that I want to always be willing and paying attention- so that I do not miss another opportunity to share about Jesus.
He has transformed my life- and having children has fanned the flame of my desire to know Him more into a roaring blaze at times- I feel so desperate for God’s help. I want to raise our children to know God and love Him, to serve Him every day of their life. I want to protect them from the evil in this world.
But I know that I can’t always be with them. What a comfort it is to know that God is always there for them! That He loves them even more dearly than I.
So, my prayer today is one for boldness. That I may be faithful to share God’s good news with everyone I meet.
He calls us to share with others- and how they respond isn’t our responsibility- but we must always be ready to share- no matter where we are- even in Walmart.
1 Peter 3:13-18
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
If God has truly changed us, if we are living in peace and freedom- with an eternal hope- then shouldn’t we want to share that?
I pray that we will be bold to share our testimony with others, and to live out our faith daily- to willingly submit to being changed into Christ’s image (2 Cor. 3:18).