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Celestine Sibley, a columnist for The Atlanta Constitution, once took her three children to a diner for breakfast. It was crowded, so they had to take separate seats along the counter. Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop Counter Service

Her eight-year-old daughter was seated at the far end of the counter. When her food was served, she called down to her mother in a loud voice,

“Mother, don’t people say grace in this place?”

A hush came over the entire diner.

Before Celestine could figure out what to say, the counterman said,

“Yes, we do, sister. You say it.”

And all the people at the counter bowed their heads while the little girl prayed.

Very often, Christians are afraid to bring their faith to the public forum. They fear being mocked or ridiculed for their beliefs.

And while that might happen sometimes, we can’t let it matter to us. Only God knows the effects of our witness. Only God knows what seeds we are planting in quiet-but-hungry hearts.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

— Matthew 5:13-16

Don’t let the fear of rejection keep you from sharing your faith with others. That ‘spirit of fear’ is not from God:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

— 2 Timothy 1:7

So whether it’s in a diner, over coffee, or on a bus— approach the subject of faith with confidence. People need to see and hear it, and might be much more willing to listen than you might think.

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.”

— Hebrews 10:35

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to give you boldness and confidence when it comes to sharing your faith with others.

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