Have you ever considered what a difference ten minutes can make?
Years ago, I was sitting next to a community judge, awaiting the arrival of our final competitor in the room. The judge was antsy, even a little irritated, muttering his frustration loudly enough for the rest of us to hear. Finally, the speaker arrived, and we all settled in for the last ten minutes. The speaker was engaging, and I enjoyed the speech, but what really captured my attention was the community judge sitting next to me. When the student finished and exited the room, the community judge sat there as if paralyzed in time and space. I lingered, a little concerned for the man. After two minutes of silence, he turned to me and said, "Well...I guess that will give me something to think about."
That student didn't win a medal at the tournament, but he accomplished something far more meaningful. In just ten minutes, he changed a life.
In Ephesians 5:16, the apostle Paul encourages us to make the best use of time. What difference will your ten minutes make?
In His Grace,
Amy Joy Tofte
NCFCA Director of Education
A note to parents and coaches: You play a vital role in helping students to select content for their speeches and debate cases. Let's encourage them to make the most of every opportunity by creatively, winsomely, and persuasively sharing truth with integrity and grace.
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