Do you know that the bible tells us to be ready to share with others the hope we have in us? This command use to scare me. I thought I had to be ready to give some long theological explanation of how Christ’s death on a cross transformed me from unholy to holy. I was wrong.
God means for you and I to seize the opportunities that I believe He orchestrates to talk openly and honestly about our faith. We don’t need a degree in Seminary do so—just a prepared and willing heart.
Just about every day I ask God to make a blessing—to my family, to a stranger, to whomever. I ask that He give me His eyes and His heart so that I can see who out there is searching for hope. God loves to answer these types of prayers!
Often, I find myself encouraging a sales clerk while shopping. Once, as a visitor at a nearby college, I volunteered to give my testimony when the speaker didn’t show up. One young man surrendered to the call to ministry that day.
Lately, as I was flying to PA for a speaking engagement, the stewardess asked what I did for a living as she observed me studying my notes.
“I’m a Christian speaker and author,” I replied.
“Oh,” she responded. “I’m not into religion.”
“Me neither.” I agreed. This took her by surprise. “But I thought you were a Christian?”
“I am.” I confirmed. “But I don’t live by a bunch of rules. That’s what religious people do. No. I live by the power of God within me. I have a relationship with the Creator of all things! That’s much different than being religious.” I added.
As we talked more about the difference between religion and relationship, she began sharing her story with me. She was orphaned by her mother at a young age. Growing up in a home for orphaned children was hard she explained—especially since she was the only black girl there. She described feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and fear.
I tried comforting her with words of truth. “Even though you’ve experienced difficult circumstances in your life, God has a good and perfect plan for you.”
“Humm, is that right?” she asked. “I don’t know about that. What I do know is if I want to get somewhere in this life, I have to do it. That’s how I became a stewardess.”
“Is being a stewardess what you really want to be?” I inquired.
She hesitated and then with tear-filled eyes said, “No. What I really want to do is open my own home for girls. I’d run it like I know it should be run—giving them more than tools for success. I’d give them understanding.”
Wow! I was blown away. I could clearly see God at work in her life and our conversation. So, I encouraged her to seek God—the giver of that dream. And by the end of the flight, she had promised to do just that.
I walked off of the plane that day with a renewed sense that God was truly in control and at work in each of our lives. I also felt satisfied. Something about doing the will of God provides that in my life—true fulfillment.
I guess that’s the funny thing about being a blessing, you always get one in return.