Jason Benham (pro baseball player) was asked, only minutes before the game, to address a stadium packed with students and parents. The marketing assistant wanted him to encourage the young people to fully engage in studying and reading.
Apparently, known for his faith, Jason was told there “wasn’t enough time to preach a sermon or anything.” Jason didn’t want to share a message they’d soon forget; but he only had about 60 Seconds.
He prayed for wisdom and stepped forward.
“I’ve heard it said that the most important things in life are the people you meet and the books you read. Well, I’m here to tell you that the best book I’ve ever read is the Holy Bible and the best person I’ve ever met is Jesus Christ. He’s changed my life, and He’ll change yours, too, if you commit to studying His book.”
THE CROWD ERUPTED IN APPLAUSE.
PEOPLE WERE WHISTLING, AND PARENTS WERE YELLING, ‘WAY TO GO!’ . . .
as if they were saying, ‘Finally! Someone just said it!'”
All-caps are mine, ’cause I wish I’d been there!
I’m sure I would have yelled louder than anyone else.
Even though Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear/ timidity, we often prepare ourselves for the sneers, arguments, and insults each time we mention our faith, prayer, or the name of Jesus.
we wouldn’t see sneers, but hear cheers. Shall we step up, step out . . . And see?
David and Jason Benham
“Living Among Lions” p. 195-6; Word Publishing 2016