When I consider my most embarrassing moment, I could tell you of the time that I gave a speech in school and didn’t realize that my zipper was down. I could reveal the time I tripped on the top stairs of a platform and fell flat on my face in front of an entire church. I could describe the time that I embarrassingly, accidentally told a man it was awesome that his wife had just died, because my ADD self wasn’t truly listening. As bad as those things are, they are not my most embarrassing moment.
Unfortunately, and honestly, my most embarrassing moment has been repeated more than one time. With transparency, I must admit that though I have had numerous close friends I have genuinely loved and with whom I have made lasting memories, I never took the time to sincerely ask some of them about their faith and how they came to Christ.
How can this be? If I genuinely loved someone, would I not certainly care enough to ask about his or her relationship with God? Perhaps I was acting out of insecurity. Possibly, I made assumptions. Regardless of my thoughts, I now live with regret.
I am embarrassed to admit my failure in light of eternity. I can also say that I hope to never repeat this mistake again. Life is too short, and eternity is too long to not probe and express the love of Christ.
What about you? My gut tells me that I am not alone in this regret and embarrassment. Who in your life do you genuinely love, yet you have never asked about his or her faith journey?
While you may have lost contact with some people and may never be able to go back and correct the mistakes of the past, we can live with a fervent commitment to not repeat this moment again.
I would love to hear your story of faith and would equally love to hear your stories of Gospel encounters as you ask those you love about their hope in Christ.