While serving as President of the Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce, I was interviewed along with Executive Director, Len Bornemann, on a live TV show about the benefits of living in our community. The event was held mid-afternoon beside the uptown fountain during an outdoor festival that always attracts a large crowd.
People milled around us as Len and I took our seats across from the program host. Cameras and mics were tested, and the countdown to go LIVE began 5-4-3-2-1...
The host opened with an introduction and then turned to Len with the first question. Just as she began speaking, the band that had been tuning their instruments in the tent behind us opened their act. Thunderous music immediately drowned out her words.
Len and I looked at each other in disbelief. Her lips were moving, but we couldn’t hear a thing! Suddenly the camera swung in our direction, and everyone looked at us expectantly.
Thinking quickly, Len began to enthusiastically describe the benefits of living in our great city. When he asked me to elaborate, I followed his lead. We figured if we just kept talking about Greenwood every time her lips stopped moving, we’d land on the answer to whatever question she had asked.
Obviously, our strategy worked because the host, who could hear us through her monitor, had no idea there was a problem until the interview ended. Afterward, Len and I were so relieved we’d successfully made it through the ordeal that we couldn’t stop laughing.
As I recall this day, I realize that we overcame this challenge, not because we’re brilliant orators, but because we were prepared to speak intelligently about our community.
Thankfully, this potential crisis ended well. But not all do. Life comes at us fast with unexpected twists and turns that aren’t nearly this easy to navigate.
Still, doesn’t the same strategy hold true even when the stakes are higher and the consequences more enduring?
Each of us will face disappointment, failure and even unspeakable loss at some time in our lives. Inevitably, something will happen that knocks us down and leaves us feeling powerless. When this occurs, if we don’t have to go searching for answers because we already have the truth living within us, we’re much better equipped to rise again.
I know what it’s like to feel hopeless and alone. When tragedy struck my home, I initially tried to rely on my own strength; I was brutally crushed in the process. I also know what it’s like to endure loss with inner peace because of my knowledge, relationship, and history with my Savior, Jesus Christ.
There’s no comparison between the two experiences: one leads to death and the other to life. I’m grateful to know the difference.
The Bible tells us that we should always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks the reason for the hope that lives within us. (1 Peter 3:15)
Are you empowered by hope living within you?
What will you say when the microphone swings in your direction, and you’re asked to give the reason for your strength?