"Daddy, can you read the Bible to me?"
That's how a very involved conversation began on Saturday morning as my 5 year old son, Joshua, and I read from the book of Joshua and began covering all kinds of topics. Eventually the conversation led to eternity and how everyone has two destinations: either being with God forever, or apart from God forever in judgment. We talked about the Lamb's book of life that contains the names of all of those who have become God's children through faith. Joshua mentioned that he had doubts about whether he was God's child or not. So right there in my living room, Saturday morning, Nov 5 (which also happened to be my Dad's 60th birthday), I led him in a prayer that he repeated after me to ask Jesus into his heart.
In 1 Peter 3:15 it says,
'But in your hearts set apart 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.'
You know, it wasn't on my radar to have that conversation with Joshua on Saturday, but praise God I was prepared to give an answer to his questions about the hope that I have! I like this verse because it challenges us to be worshipers throughout our day. We are to keep this awe of Christ in our hearts each moment, and as God brings along opportunities, they won't pass us by. The opportunity that God brings your way may be in the form of a little blond-haired rug rat tuggin' on your pant leg. So be ready today for who and what God brings your way!