You think your day was bad? I had badminton today and we had to go to the gym. Of course, the seniors from the baseball team came in and started using the weights and then I realized that my water bottle is right by the weight benches! Well, our team had to leave and I needed my water bottle. My brothers had already lost my other one, so I needed to get it. So I had to walk over there all sweaty. Ugh, I did not look at anyone! I am hoping no one noticed me!
This is what I hear or at least some kind of version of this every time I work with my youth group girls. It may be a group of boys or a group of girls that they do not know well. There are various situations we will find ourselves in where we have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus. And yet, if we really focus on each situation, we often find that more often than not, people are wrapped up in their own thoughts and insecurities to heed much attention to us. Yet, to be a girl who is set apart, we want to grab attention, not in a flamboyant way, but a way that always brings glory to God. We want to grab attention from boys and girls in order to point out a love of Jesus that is attractive to all.
Here are three ways to get the right kind of attention:
Breath in and pray:
Before you walk into a situation where you feel you may be nervous, take a long breath. This breath allows the blood to flow into your brain. The blood brings many materials necessary for the brain to function properly. That is the physiological reason. The reason that we need to remember this is this breath allows time to pray. It gives you a chance you to remember who is in control of every situation, every meeting, every part of every day. Give thanks to God for who He created you to be and ask for wisdom, confidence, and the strength to get through whatever step is next. When you give your moments to God in this way, He can use you as a vessel for His purpose.“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
It may sound weird to practice what you are going to say in a random situation and how can you even prepare for every situation? Yet, the reality is that if you were going to give a speech in front of a room full of people, you would practice what you were going to say, so I am surprised how many times I am in a situation, especially an uncomfortable one, and I have not even thought how I would react or respond. How can I shine the light of Jesus if I am stumbling over words?“But in your hearts revere 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.” I Peter 3:15
Let it Go:
The last way you can grab attention from others to bring glory to God is to listen just relax and let it go. This is not in a defiant way of the Elsa mantra of the movie Frozen, but more of a content feeling that God will use whatever you have to say. You can practice the words, but you do not need to worry that if you do not make a connection or you do stumble over your words, that you have wasted your chance.“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
God does not need us to spread His amazing story of the saving gospel, because God does not need anything: “O Sovereign Lord! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power. Nothing is too hard for You!” Jeremiah 32:17.
And yet, although He does not need us, the amazing thing is that He invites us to be a part of His glorious plan in bringing glory to Him and sharing the beautiful light of Jesus wherever we go. We are part of His plan to reach the nations.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
If we are abiding in Him by reading His word and praying for His Spirit, He will guide our words. If we breathe in and pray to Him, practice, and then just let it go, we can be a powerful tool for Jesus. Even at the gym!
Where do you think God has called you to share His good news?
Truth and Takeaways
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 “
But in your hearts revere 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..” 1 Peter 3:15“
I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Ask God where He is calling you to share His good news.