While on a walk with my kids, two people approached walking their dog. I had my tracks ready with a greeting.
Me: Hi guys, that is a beautiful dog (handing them the tracts).
Couple: Thank you! Those are beautiful kids.
Me: Do you guys live around here?
Couple: Yes, four houses down on the left.
Me: It is a pleasure to meet you guys. I handed you a gospel tract. Do you guys go to church?
Me: Oh no! Well don't worry. It will not melt off your hand.
Couple: (Laughing) Okay. Bye.
The sudden exit was obvious and provoked deep thoughts within my abnormally large head. What could I have done different? Could I have invited them over for coffee? No, probably too soon and a little creepy since they do not know me. Should I have put on a Christian face and hope that they saw Christ in me? No, rarely happens. What if I small talked today and then hoped that I ran into them in the future? That's fine, but they both have no promise of tomorrow. What if I walked past them with a friendly smile and said nothing at all? Not an option.