There are many times in our lives that take much preparation on our parts. Our children going back to school each fall, preparing for vacation, or holidays, all these things take preparation. With each activity there may be supplies to buy, clothes shopping to be done or new routines to get used to. Each event can be a trying. The hustle and bustle of these activities begins and let's face it we can all get a little “fussy" to say the least.
However, as Christians it is important that our busyness does not alter our attitudes so much that those around us do not even know that we are Christians. We are called to be “set apart" from the world. This should include our attitudes with not only our families, but with others. Sure this is a crazy busy time of year for everyone, but if you face each busy day with a positive, Christ-like attitude others will take note and wonder what is different about you, and what makes your outlook on life so much different from others, or maybe even their own.
As 1 Peter 3:15-16 says, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. "
Others will be recognizing this set-apartness that you have, however they may not know what it is that makes you different, that is where you are responsible as a Christian to be prepared to explain to them or to “give an account" to them for that hope that you have that is being shown in your attitude and hopefully in your actions as well. So, just like you are preparing for the new school year, a summer vacation or the holidays by buying supplies, getting new clothes and incorporating new routines into you life, you should also be prepared with a testimony or account of why you have the hope that you have through Jesus Christ.
It is not always easy to open your mouth and tell others about your relationship with Christ, but the more you do so the easier it will become, so get prepared!
Alyssa Avant is a Christian work at home mom, writer, speaker, and blogger whose desire is to turn the hearts of girls towards God. As the founder of Beauty By Design Ministries, (http://beautybydesignonline.com ) Alyssa seeks to reach tween and teen girls and their moms through products and events that are both exciting and inspiring.