Always be Prepared
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have, but do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15
A few weeks before we began our "The Hard Questions" sermon series, I had my 14 year old daughter ask me some very pointed questions about God, faith, and religion. We were driving in the car without mom so I was unable to use my favorite line, "Go ask your mother."
I'm not sure where this conversation came from. I was minding my own business, driving her to one of her countless activities, and she started asking me questions out of the blue. For my part, I did my best to listen to her questions before offering a response. I gently asked her for her opinions on the matter. I thanked her for her questions and asked if my responses made any sense.
It felt like an "adult" conversation with my "kid." (Oh my goodness, my girls are growing up way to quickly.)
In the course of our conversation, I had the scripture from 1 Peter 3:15 (see above) running through my mind. I was glad for the opportunity to give an answer for the hope I have. I was praising God for this honest (and open) conversation with my teenage daughter. I was also praying for wisdom and patience so I wouldn't blow this precious opportunity.
Friends, we are called to share the precious gift of faith with the world. So, be prepared. The opportunity to share God's love (with those you love most) may come at the least expected times.
May the 4th be with you, Pastor Caleb