I wonder if you have ever heard the expression, “elevator speech.” The notion is you might find yourself with only an elevator ride, 30 seconds or so, to sell your idea, or project or even get your foot in the door to a new job.
Career service workers often encourage those looking to find a new job to think about how they might best pull one of these little pitches off. People are encouraged to note their skills, or their abilities, or to highlight their vision.
As some of you know, I recently took a night class at the local community college, which deals with nonprofit management. Our class was asked to offer up our best elevator pitch for our respective organizations.
I’m not the best at this sort of thing, but this morning we will meet a couple characters in our readings that really must have had it down. We’ll first meet Jacob who convinced his whole family to head out into the desert. We’ll then meet a widow who against all odds finds justice at the hands of an unjust judge.
So, in the moments before we begin, I’d ask you to consider your own elevator speech, the one you might offer if asked to speak about your faith.
I wonder would words come easily or would it be difficult?
What words would you use to speak about, ask for, or defend the impulse that brought you here at this time?
Say a little prayer of gratitude for whatever comes.