I got my hair done a few days ago, and you KNOW how much of a BIG DEAL that can be. Depending on what you’re getting done, it can mean the difference between leaving looking like a movie star or a chia pet.
I was nervous to try this new salon, but was promptly put at ease when a woman with a bright smile met me at the front desk and guided me back to her station, and we immediately started talking. We chatted about her daughter, her family, and her career, and then I told her all about my recent move, my work and my hair.
After a while we fell into a comfortable silence as she worked magic with her blow dryer and flat iron. I was really starting to enjoy myself, and was just drifting off when I was startled awake by a thought:
“I wonder if she’s a Christian.”
I suddenly got the urge to tell her all about what God has done in my life over the past weeks and months and year…and I didn’t do it.
Yes, I’d talked about God….then talked around God…but never actually talked TO HER about God. Instead, I’d ooh-ed and ahh-ed over my hair, paid my tab, promised to make another appointment, then got in my car and drove away.
I was so convicted.
Does that ever happen to you?
You’re at the gym or the grocery store, or maybe even with a friend or family member that hasn’t given their life to Jesus, and you suddenly get the urge to share the gospel… but you chicken out. Perhaps you’re afraid the person you’re talking to will think you’re weird…or reject you…or ask you a question that you won’t know the answer to.
I don’t know why I was so reluctant to share my story, because I had nothing to lose, and I am proof that God is faithful! I may not have the most exciting of experiences, but I have countless memories of when He has provided for me in lack, protected me from harm, comforted me in my deepest pain and loss, and been the ultimate friend.
And, as I’ve remembered, our Christian walk is not about keeping God’s awesomeness to ourselves; it’s about making sure others meet Him and experience the same freedom that we already have. All we have to do is share the truth about the Gospel. It’s the good news about Jesus Christ! He died for our sins, overcame that death, and offers salvation and eternal life to anyone who believes it.
Lucky for me, I’ll have another chance to share the gospel with my new stylist, but don’t wait for the right place or moment (or person) to share your story, because it may never come. All it takes is a minute to tell someone who God is and what He’s done in your life.
Let’s dare to be bold with our faith!