Romans 10:17 NKJV
One of the books, God Gives Us Beaches begins with the simple words, “Do you know that God made beaches?” The book goes on to show children playing on a beach. A variety of items are labeled in the art: seagull, pail, starfish, crab, sandcastle…. The book ends with the question, “Aren’t you glad that God made beaches?”
Here is a reader’s review:
“…What a disservice to children
Ah, the mind of a child. What a beautiful thing, so open, so receptive, so ready to learn everything it can about the world. And there you are, together on a beach on a sunny afternoon, with your innocent and inquisitive young one who turns to you and asks, “Daddy, why is the ocean salty?” or “Mommy, why are crabs and people so different?”–and there you are, with that perfect teachable moment, that perfect opportunity to fill their minds with wonder over how millions of years of rivers have deposited mounds of salt in the ocean, or how species can evolve over time into other species, which is just such a beautiful and elegant idea, and you think that this book, GOD GIVES US BEACHES, can prepare you for that moment.
‘Well,’ you’ll begin, ‘several thousand years ago, a big man who lives in the sky and is invisible to us and who there is no proof of but you really have to believe in, took six days to do something AMAZING….’”
Paul wrote to the Colossians: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:5-6 NASB).
In this passage, Paul reminds us that each person is different. Like the reviewer of my book, some people might not be receptive to the ideas of God and Jesus Christ.
QUESTION 2: If given just a brief encounter with a non-believer, how can I turn that into a teachable moment for Christ?
In his article, “Sharing Your Faith,” the author, Bill Palmer, tells of a time when he was not a Christian and reacted with hostile feelings in a debate over the religious convictions of his Christian friend.
QUESTION 3: If met with resistance, what are some ways that I can share my faith without sounding didactic and preachy?
Heavenly Father, In Romans 1:16, the Apostle Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Help me, Lord, never to hide the gospel of Christ. Give me wisdom to know how to share it with each new person I meet. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN
NOTE: God Gives Us Beaches and other books in this series are currently out of print. You may be able to find used copies available online.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the author of “God Gives Us Beaches,” but I have not received compensation for mentioning the book in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”