There are some things in life that you just don’t feel comfortable doing. Instead of being confident about an important part of who you are, you just sort of hide it from others, especially when you are not sure of how they will react. For me, it’s talking about the Bible to my friends that I play football with. I am in eighth grade and I love playing football. I have played with the same group of guys since the first grade. All of my teammates go to the local public school while I have been a student at a private Christian school. They are a tight group of guys. My teammates attend the same school and spend all day together, as well as participate in other team sports. They always ask why I have to go to the “Bible school.” I just shrug my shoulders and say, “I don’t know.” So for me, to feel accepted as part of that tight group, it is difficult and uncomfortable to talk to them about my beliefs.
One day during football practice the sky appeared like a dark blanket that was slowly rolling in over the field. It gave everyone a very eerie feeling. The players started saying, “It looks like the world is going to end,” and “Yeah man, we’re all going to die!” Coach Brown then started reciting, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” As he stopped, I spoke out by saying, “I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4.”
Coach turned and gave me a look of total surprise, and in from of the entire team he said, “You guys should follow this kid. He knows what he’s talking about.”
First, I was shocked that the verse came to me so easily. Second, I was surprised that the coach recognized me in front of the entire team in such as positive way. This incident made me believe that maybe there was more to me than just playing football, that maybe the Bible has become a part of who I am, and I should not be timid in putting it out there for others to see.
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