October 13 - Golden Apples in Silver Baskets

By Don Bailey

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 25:11

Central Thought: Witnessing is speaking the right word at the right time.

    Has anyone ever been really rude to you? Several years ago, my mom, sister, and I stopped for lunch at a food court while shopping. The server was so rude. We were stunned as we sat down with our food. We had every right to be annoyed. As we started to walk away, my mom turned back, walked over to the server, and spoke for a moment. My sister and I watched, amazed and a bit ashamed, as the server broke down in tears. By the time my mom returned, the server was clutching a Christian booklet, smiling, and waving goodbye to my mom.

    Someone recently asked me for practical ways to witness without looking like a flake. I immediately thought of my mom and this story. Witnessing is as much about timing as it is about talking. The right word at the right time can be very powerful. I had seen a rude person; my mother saw a hurting person and a golden opportunity. With a kind word, the door opened for my mom to share her faith.

    Proverbs describes the beauty of 'a word fitly spoken” (v. 11). It can change someone's day; it can change someone's life. I treasure that memory because it has changed the way I look at people.

    Look around you today. What do you see? Do you see rude, angry people? Or do you see people that need a word of encouragement and a word of hope. In a restaurant, shopping, at work, or wherever you are, start looking for opportunities to share an uplifting word. That's where you will find opportunities to share your faith with a listening audience.

Devotional Prayer: Father, help me to see people the way You see them. Help me to share my faith out of a heart of compassion and with kindness.

Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 22:1-23:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 25:11-14