Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 118- Always Interrupted

Witnessing produces many challenging moments. Relating to someone through small talk is not that hard for me, but when I know that I am about to create a spiritual conversation my heart is always pounding. Once I create a spiritual conversation, my brain is hard at work processing what to say next. The fear normally goes away while I am thinking about what verses are appropriate and as I assess the condition of their heart. Another issue that comes up often is the constant distractions. If I am going door to door I have had to battle with televisions that are so loud I cannot gather my thoughts, dogs will bark uncontrollably, and apparently it is always dinner time. During one-on-one encounters, the greatest distraction is the dreaded cell phone. I cannot tell you how many times I have just begun to share the gospel when a cell phone rings. I have learned to take the brief intermission as an opportunity to pray silently. I would be ashamed to tell you how long I have waited for someone to get off the phone. Today, I sat next to a man and asked him how his day was going. He replied, "Another day above ground is a good day." Well aware that this was too good to be true, I replied, "When you are no longer above ground, where do you think you will go?" The beginning of our conversation went so well I anticipated smooth sailing ahead. That was until I heard the horn of a nearby truck. It was his ride! The horn is another interruption to add to the list.

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