They’ll know where to turn

11May09

I have the joy of getting to read the testimonies that come in to I am Second on a daily basis. I’m always amazed at the way that each story brings to light a new truth or something worth thinking through.

One particular story submitted by a guy named Ray was particularly intriguing because it falls perfectly in line with the things I’ve been talking about over the past few posts: sharing with your friends. Read part of his story:

“I had all these great plans on going to culinary school to become a great chef, but on July 12, 1999 as my truck spun out of control on the way to work I thought my life was over. What seemed like forever it was all over in seconds I came out untouched, WOW! As I stood in a field I called my Dad, told him to come and get me, waiting for the police and ambulance to show up I said to myself there has to be more to life than what I have made it out to be the last three years…

The day of my crash, believe it or not, my truck was still drivable and I told my dad that I wanted to go to work anyway. A bit bruised and shaken I had to be around people that day. That day my Jesus Freak buddy Ben was working and after a few hours of pondering that there had to be more to life than getting drunk and high every weekend maybe it was this Jesus dude, maybe there is a God. It took me a couple of more hours to get enough nerves to approach Ben, I asked him you know that church you are always talking about and inviting me too is it possible that I am still invited, I asked. With the biggest smile I have ever seen and to my amazement Ben said absolutely. It was then that an over whelming excitement came over me and I knew then that maybe there is a God, a higher power, a purpose in life, maybe Ben is authentic living out God’s word.”

It’s good when people know what we’re about. We obviously don’t have to be obnoxious or over-bearing, but we should stand firm. That way, when someone wants to know more, he or she will know to come to you. I’m interested in getting some discussion around this topic as well. What do you think are some good ways to let people know what you’re about (being second)? (Try to take out the Christian-ese) Where do you start if someone is suddenly interested?

Let’s hear it. J

Shay

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5 Responses to “They’ll know where to turn”

  1. 1 Jeff

    If we are second, we will have a bit of servant-hood. Maybe that’s Christian-ese to some people but those not in Christ will see it as caring and concern. God doesn’t hit us over the head to make us come to him…He waits…patiently. If we are to be Christ-like, we will certainly share our love of God with others, maybe invite them to study or to church AND we will wait patiently. We do not know when God will be let in to the hearts of people and we cannot control it (as much as we may desire to at times). Ben was patient and kind, Ben showed love and in doing so, also had the opportunity to lead someone to Christ.

  2. 2 Ray Wilkinson

    I am the Ray in the story and Jeff you are right, Ben was patient and kind which in the end did lead me to Christ. Those times that I heard “Christian-ese” I was turned of some but I knew that they were caring, I just didn’t want to hear the “God Stuff”. Shay thanks for sharing my story and I look forward to blogging with anyone further about my journey which is coming up on ten years. God Bless

  3. 3 Ryan

    I agree! Patience is huge, as is sacrifice. Not like blood or something, but being willing to give up something of your own to be able to spend time with a friend who you know you’re ministering to. Like a good friend of mine-if he is free to spend time with I think it is a worthy sacrifice to leave my desires behind and go spend time with him. This isn’t always true and I’m not over-staying my welcome, but I’m just giving him my time, which is precious to me, because I know that opportunities will come to share Christ. Our time needs to be God’s time.

  4. 4 Jeff

    Ray, I was glad to hear your story. I have come to understand the patience aspect as I have come to know God. Through some rough circumstances, I have moved from an intellectual relationship with God to a heart relationship with God. There have been times when I have grown weary of my present situation and just wanted to give up, to quit. Everytime I go there, this question runs through my mind…what if God said he was ready to give up, ready to quit waiting on me? It sends shivers down my spine and it helps me remember how patient I need to be with everyone. God works in a different time frame than the rest of us. I’m thankful Ben was patient with you and that God has always been patient with me.

  5. 5 Ray

    Jeff, I used to be the same way, I would listen to Jay Sekulo on the radio, he is a Christian lawyer doing great things in fighting for Christian rights and injustice’s, but I had to stop because i would get so mad at the world. Then I realized that God will alway’s love me even if I do want to give up and that he is in control. A prayer that I used to say “Lord please take away the things that I cannot not control and let me worry about the things I can control.” It has taken me nearly seven years of marriage to fully understand patience and I am still learning something everyday.


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