I'll never know.
I'm sure you have similar times in your life where after the moment is lost you think, "I should have said this or done that." Many times, like in my experience, we recognize it too late. So how do you take advantage of these opportunities before they're lost?
In the corporate world I teach people that there are three principles to opportunities. I think these same principles can apply to opportunities for sharing your faith.
- You must prepare for opportunities
- You must recognize opportunities
- You must act on opportunities
Prepare: Write down your own testimony. Memorize verses that that have impacted your life. Pray for God to make you aware of opportunities throughout the day to show Christ's love to others through your actions and your words.
Recognize: The best way to recognize an opportunity is to always be looking for one. Purposefully look for opportunities to impact others throughout the day.
Act: Take action on the opportunities God provides. Don't put off an opportunity you recognize today until tomorrow.
Colossians 4:6 (ESV)
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
What are you doing to be ready the next time opportunity knocks?