Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear.
1 Peter 3:15-16a
So, yesterday I had one of those moments. It was a God-ordained moment. As most of you know, I am a bi-vocational pastor. That means that I have to supplement the income that our church so graciously provides. For a small church, we receive a generous income and housing. To supplement what the church provides, I work for a local student transportation contractor. How I got into that is another story. Suffice it to say that Pam and I were in switching our title and registration at the local notary. The contractor knew I was the new pastor at McCrae Brook and is always looking for willing drivers. It actually works out very well for me.
My current route takes me over to Bradford twice – once at 8 and then at 11. Some mornings I forgo that and just stay in Bradford. This allows me to take my computer and Bible and work on sermons – or as is the case this morning – Powerpoint slides and this blog post. We don’t really have a local coffee shop, so I go to the local Sheetz. They have a nice little eating area and there are also small tables where I can set up and they have free wifi that doesn’t cut off after a half hour. I always order some food and then go to work.
Yesterday, I was working on my sermon, when a young man sat down in one of the booths. I nodded hi, thinking nothing of it, but that led to him initiating a conversation. We talked about several things, but eventually he saw my Bible and my laptop and that took us into a little conversation about God. It was brief because not long after we started, his phone went off and he left.
It really did get me to thinking about the verse above. I know some of my other pastor friends do this, but I really never expected that to happen, but it was cool. You never know when God is going to show up, even in a Sheetz. So always be ready give an answer for the hope you have – and do it with gentleness and respect! Amen.