Lessons from Dallas

1 Peter 3: 15- ” 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..”

Powerful words, right?

Imagine the impact these words would have if we actually acted on them

Last weekend, I had a chance to experience this impact in action as my parents and I traveled back to Ohio for the first Medina Baptist Church High School Bible class reunion. Stepping into the sanctuary, it was as if no time had passed between the group and you could feel the love of God in the room. They had gathered together to reminisce as well as show their appreciation for the one man whom God placed in their lives to share with them the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dallas.. What can I say about a man I’ve only met once in my life? I can’t say enough! Not only is he the humblest person I I’ve met in my life, but he gives God the credit for everything.I’m so grateful that he served as such a role model for my parents. Now I understand where the conviction for their faith stems from… I can only hope that kind of conviction stays intact throughout the decades.

I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to give any answer in regards to our faith. Especially if it’s something we’ve grown up believing all our lives. It’s personal and uncomfortable when someone doubts who you are and what you believe at your very core. But it makes you think.

Just such an experience happened to me at the reunion. A fellow attendee noticed me sitting by myself as a group was taking a final picture. He must have seen me growing a little bored (I have a tendency to do that at reunions, I don’t know why) and sat down to talk to me. I was prepared for the usual small talk (how are you? What are you doing these days?, That kind of thing)

“Do you feel like you have a personal relationship with Jesus? ” Tom asked

In the midst of spewing verse after verse, I was taken aback. He was confident and unassuming when it came to matters of the heart. This has been the first time someone had asked me to give a testament to my faith and I couldn’t do it (not to my satisfactory at least!) How could someone question my intentions when I was attending a Christian function?

After my conversation with Tom, I was a bit shaken and doubting my commitment to God. When you are confronted and forced to face the reality of your humanness, it can scare you to death. But that’s when you have to remind yourself you’re not in this alone. There comes a point where you have to ask God to carry you because you can’t climb the stairs of life and perfection any further.

This is where God’s commitment to us comes into play. Not only did he show his ultimate commitment and love for us by giving his life on the cross, but in reality he’s the one that’s holding onto us

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