Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Today was a good tracting day. Although I didn't get into any deep conversations with anyone, people were very receptive to the tracts I was giving out to them. The first man reminded me of Bill Cosby. I gave him a tract at Walmart this morning, and he told me that he got one about a month ago. He gave it to his grandson and has it hanging up and wanted another one for himself. When I was at the dry cleaners later on in the day, I gave one to a lady who was sitting in her car. She was so thankful for the tract. When I came back to my car, she wanted to have another one for someone else. At another store, I was looking for some make up and there were 2 workers at the counter trying to help me find what I was looking for. When we were finished I asked them if they had ever received the tract. They both had one from me, and the man told me that his is hanging on the wall at home. Then he took another one to bring home. He also thanked me for doing what I was doing and felt that it was very important thing to be doing. I explained to them that eternity doesn't end and that people need to know the Gospel. I also learned that the time has finally come when I give someone a tract, that they may have already received one, probably from me, but could have been from someone else. Maybe it is time to look into using a new tract. For the past 5 years, I've been giving this tract away, and rarely do I have someone tell me that they already got one. But it is happening now. That is good. I would love to saturate the town with tracts, but what is better is if the tracts provide an ice breaker to preach the Gospel to someone who has already received one. Or, if they haven't, then I can explain to them what it is, and then lead up to the Gospel. God is faithful and His word will not come back empty! Let's pray for creative ways to get the Gospel out in print, and that God would give us opportunities to speak the words of life to a lost and dying world.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
"My job is to put a pebble in your shoe." says Greg Koukl. Today a group of us went to the Winter Park Art Festival on Park Avenue, and there were a lot of people there. The weather was great and I managed to put label stickers on 125 tracts this week, so I was ready. We prayed before we left to find a parking place somewhere out there. Well, it was interesting because for all the people we saw out there, there were only a few people who were interested in talking to us about the things of God. A couple of times, while I was talking with someone (and I could tell they really weren't into the conversation), they would just walk away. Just when I was getting to the good part about the 10 Commandments! And it happened more than once. I am guilty of prejudging people that I think would take the tract, as well as those who I would have thought would reject the tract. Only the opposite happened today. Many older men and women took the tracts gladly, and the ones I thought would take them didn't want them. I was able to share the Gospel with 2 men, but I could tell there wasn't a deep desire to stay in the conversation. And, of course, there is always one who will be nasty. I got her too. I offered her the tract and she asked what it was, so I told her. Then she told me to leave her alone, with which I left her the following; you need to think about eternity! I believe that today was ordained by God and we did not fail because there were no fish to catch out of all of those people, but, I can see that we sowed a lot of seeds. We were able to talk a little about eternity to people who, at this moment, were dull of hearing. Tomorrow or next week they might not be. Many took the tracts home and trustingly, someone in the home will read the tract and it will spark a thought about eternity, God, heaven and hell in their minds. So, even if no one was interested today, we trust that we were able to "put a pebble in each shoe" of the person we encountered, even the nasty lady.