Being on the radio was a new experience for me. When a local radio station asked if they could broadcast from Emanuel for Lutheran schools week, I was a bit hesitant, but at the same time, I felt it would be a great opportunity to share with the community what Emanuel is all about.
When the day came for the broadcast, I felt well prepared. The station had told us to prepare some questions ahead of time and the announcer would basically ask those questions.
I had written out my responses, gone over them a few times, and felt well rehearsed to go on live air. I was a bit nervous, but I was also eager to share with listeners all about Emanuel. A funny thing happened though. When the announcer asked the questions, I didn’t fall into my rehearsed speech. Instead, I just talked.
I talked about God’s love; I talked about the joy of partnering with families; I talked about watching children grow in their lives of faith and service. I talked from the heart.
It’s good to be prepared. In fact the Bible says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15) But it’s also good to just talk. To talk about what Jesusmeans to you, because of what Jesus has done for you. When the opportunity arises to share Jesus, just speak from the heart.
(Matthew 10:19 – Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say.)