40 minutes – average length of time spent on Facebook per day

1.5 hours – average length of time to cook and eat dinner

2.5 hours – average length of time to watch a baseball game

30 minutes –average length of time to read a newspaper

7 hours – average length of time an adult spends in front of computer/electronics each day

3 hours – average length of time a person spends in a car each day

6 hours – length of time Jesus suffered on the cross

20 seconds – length of time needed to gather courage to do something brave

In the movie, “We Bought a Zoo,” Matt Damon’s character tells this son it only takes 20 seconds of courage. “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery and I promise you, something great will come of it.”


As Americans, we spend so much time rushing through life, going from one activity to another. Have a conversation with any adult, or child for that matter, and someone will utter, “I’m just so busy,” or “We’re crazy busy,” or “We just go, go, go.” I recently read a study that said the number one excuse Americans make for not participating in various activities, whether it be exercising, socializing, worshipping, or fellowshipping is “I’m too busy.”

Maybe we are so busy, BUT HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE to ask someone the following question?

“Do you have a relationship with Jesus?”

“Would you attend church with me this Sunday?”

“Do you know that Jesus died for your sins?”

“Do you know that God loves you unconditionally?”

“Do you understand that God is waiting to welcome you with open arms?”

20 seconds. Surely I could muster up enough courage to utter the words, “I’m worried about your salvation,” or “Can I pray for you?” or even “Jesus loves you so much!”

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes – the Jew first and also the Gentile. – Romans 1:16

I have no problem quoting Romans 1:16, for I’m certainly not ashamed. But am I too busy to share the Good News of Christ?


I’m committing to the 20 Second Challenge - praying that God will give me opportunities to gather 20 seconds of courage I need to be bold; 20 seconds of courage I need to step out on faith; 20 seconds of courage I need to share Christ with someone. Just twenty seconds of courage can lead to an eternity with Christ.