Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. – 2 Timothy 4:2
As many of you know, I travel a lot in my work now. Usually, these trips are without incident, and I am able to do my work and get home as soon as I can. Then there are times that are not so smooth. Delayed flights, overbooked hotels, blocked IT support, unprepared sites, were a real drag on one of these “not so smooth” trips. Let me tell you about it. To make matters worse, I had to stay an extra day. Rebook flights, extend car rental, and find a new hotel room. Fortunately, I had the help of an awesome travel agency.
So, after a long, hard day I go to the Crown Plaza in Oklahoma City (yes I am giving them a plug). I am welcomed with a smile and some bad news. “Mr. Orrell, I am sorry but your room isn’t ready” (in my mind I am screaming, NOOOO!), but she continues, “if you will have a seat for just a few minutes, I just want to make sure your room is completely ready, would you like a drink?” I knew she was offering wine or a beer, and that is not good news for me, but I ask for a Coke Zero and get one. In just a few minutes, I am told that my room is ready.
Dragging into the room, throwing my bags on the bed, shedding my coat, I am totally drained. I make myself go walk/run at the fitness center, thinking when I get back to the room, I’ll order something healthy from room service. Then I see it, the 6 word sermon that completely changed my day. On a note pad next to the phone is written (exactly in these words) “Edjoy you stay God bless you”. I was broken, someone who didn’t know me, didn’t know what kind of day I was having, and cared enough to share God’s love with me, exactly when I needed it.
That 6 word sermon will be with me forever, and caused me to think. Have I shared a 6 word sermon with anyone today, in the last 5 days, in the last month? Do I even have a 6 word sermon ready? Well, I do now. My humble suggestion is that we all have a 6 word sermon ready to share, and then SHARE IT!