“Don’t you think a lot of people believe in God, but are afraid to tell anyone?” He asked the question as we stood, arms slung over the deck railing at Ozark Outdoors, pondering some of the deeper things of life out loud.
But this was no casual acquaintance — he’s a celebrity, a big one. This was probably a one time interaction. I might not ever have the opportunity to talk with him again.
This isn’t the first time someone well known, influential, or with lots of worldly wealth had talked with me about their deep heart for God, and their own search for purpose. Many of us assume those who have it made according to the world’s standards, don’t worry about such things, but I find the opposite is true. So I’ve learned to watch for the moments of chance, when God allows me the privilege of honoring Him with my conversations.
In the past, with people of social importance, I’ve tip-toed into confessions of my submission to Jesus. I’ve apologized when someone got into my vehicle and the turn of the key revealed my audio version of the Bible playing. I’ve sheepishly shared my reason for optimism, even when my life was very, very hard.
In every case, each person I interacted with returned a shy confession of their own. They too search, wonder, and need something bigger than themselves to believe in.
So a few days ago, when a particular celebrity and I discussed many things off-and-on over the deck at my day job, I confidently shared my truest heart. We talked about the value of sticking things out in your marriage when the road get tough. (Though I’ve never met her, I greatly admire his wife.) We questioned aloud why we tend to cover up our deep faith, our need for a relationship with Jesus Christ, and the human passion for finding our purpose. And I encouraged him when he said he felt drawn to seek God about the greater plan for his life.
I don’t know why most of us are afraid to be honest about who we really are. But as I mature both in age and faith, I’m less inclined to hide who I am, and what I believe. As I told the celebrity, “God doesn’t shove Himself down our throats, so neither do I, but I also don’t hide His importance in my life. He’s the greatest part of who I am.”
Open doors wait at work, on the street, at the store, restaurant, or any other place I’m present. The key is taking the opportunity to walk through. By being real myself, I have been given the chance to build relationships, whether short-term or long-term, and hopefully to make a difference.
I may never know if my words influenced this man as he went back on the road of fame. But from the mouth of a celeb, his openness to the love and guidance of Christ influenced me.
Have you ever been surprised at someone else’s confession of faith in Jesus Christ?
Anita Fresh Faith
Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV 1984)
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.