#FMF – Convenient

Joining up with friends over at the Five Minute Friday community to write 5 minutes on one subject. It’s always so much fun reading what others share about the same prompt.

““Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction.”

2 Timothy‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NET‬‬

I have always struggled with sharing my faith. Perhaps I have felt that I don’t have the right words, or I didn’t want to offend the person who I am speaking with.

I avoid conflict like my life depends on it. It is one of my biggest weaknesses and at times it feels debilitating. It keeps me from speaking up when I should and feeling frustrated when it was clear I should have opened my mouth.

Sometimes it feels like there are way too many mouths open these days shouting to be heard and to put forth their beliefs. Perhaps my complacency comes from not wanting to add to the noise. But in the midst of lies, darkness and despair, speaking truth and hope, wether quietly or at the top of your voice doesn’t necessarily strike me as a bad thing.

In the traditional words that accompany this verse it says “in and out of season”…which really just means every moment of your day.

Sometimes it’s not convenient. But sharing truth when it is convenient doesn’t require a lot of faith or reliance on the Lord to give you the words.

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Image: Unsplash – Valentin Salja

2 thoughts on “#FMF – Convenient

  1. Most of the time, I am quiet because the very people I’m with do not have the same beliefs as I do. I am always afraid I will say the wrong thing. In fact, most of my family, with the exception of two siblings, are atheists. It is only when I’m directly asked will I pray silently for the right words and then speak up. It was only recently that I was beginning to think that maybe my stance was wrong. In other words, I should be sharing my thoughts when the time is right even if I wasn’t asked directly. This is NOT an easy thing to do.

    ~your five-minute Friday neighbor.

  2. I agree! It’s not an easy thing to witness to others and I think we all struggle with this but not too long ago God has given me some in-roads. E.g. when I smile and people respond saying “you are pretty and/or that’s a lovely smile,” I respond with something like, “It’s God’s grace,” One time this happened and a conversation started between three of us about God while waiting at a bus stop in London. It doesnt always happen but I’ve found that God could use anything. This brings to mind the woman at the well. Jesus talked about living water because she had come for drinking water. He met her where she was at and I have to remind myself of this when I encounter people God wants me to witness to. The other thing is asking God to prepare that person’s heart so when you do speak to them, God may have already started working.
    Sorry to go on so much but just wanted to share my experience but I do hit the tough challenges like my own family members.

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