but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.”
We don’t usually go around boasting about ourselves. With a trusted friend we might share the sense of accomplishment we have in learning how to whip up a new recipe. Or we may confide with a sister-in-Christ the excitement of (after disciplined eating and exercise) now being able to zip our size ___ jeans again (without feeling like we are trying to fit a tuba through a button hole).
- She brings up the weather … “Yes! Didn’t God give us a beautiful day?!”
- She asks how you are doing … “Things have been challenging lately. but through the yucky dark tunnel, God has been shining His light.” (If there is time, “God has a way of bringing good out of bad. Do you mind if I share a couple of the amazing things God has been teaching me?”)
- She brings up a personal struggle … After listening: “I am so sorry. I can kindof understand what you’re going through. When I was in a difficult place, God brought some true encouragement my way. I think it will help you, too. Do you have time for me to share a couple things with you?”
- In the check-out line … “How are you doing? Thank you for taking good care of us today!” Smile … you have a Bible verse on your check or on a pre-made card that you can hand to people who serve you in the the community – it can say, “Thank you! We appreciate all you do! … then a favorite Bible verse.”
- You meet someone with a Bible name … “Oh, I like your name! It reminds me of Esther in the Bible.” Then you may have a chance (based on their response) to continue talking about God and His Word.
- At Thanksgiving you take your neighbors some goodies … “We thank God that you are our neighbors!”
Approach each person and situation with prayer for God’s guidance. He will give you the discernment you need, to know today whether you should just smile or if this is an open door to brag on God.
You might call this “teaching through the back door.” Some people, at certain times, are much more apt to listen to your personal experience than a sermon. And the glow of joy as you share will speak volumes. They just might be drawn to God in you like a magnet.
Use your imagination! You can practice this as a family, in a ladies Bible study, or with a close friend. Bring up a scenario and brainstorm. See how many ways you can bring Him into the conversation – not in a pious sounding way (bringing attention to yourself), but bragging about Him and what He is doing in your life!
How do you brag about God? Please leave a comment below – we’d love to hear how God is using you. You might give us an idea we may be able to use while shopping or walking through our neighborhood today.