1/30/10 Michael, about 25
Today I went "fishing" with Pat, 72, a godly woman from church with a heart for evangelism. We went to a nearby grocery store. One young man we talked to was Michael, who quickly told us he didn't think he would go to heaven because he doesn't believe in heaven or God. "Is it possible that heaven exists?" I asked. Like so many of his generation, Michael did not want to be accused of having a closed mind so he agreed "Yes, its possible" His body language told me I didn't have much time; I needed to get to the point quickly. Instead of going through several of the Ten Commandments, I asked "You have a conscience, you know right from wrong, right?" "Yes" "Well, why don't you follow it?" "I don't know" "The Bible says we were all given the knowledge of good and evil. God's law is in our heart yet we fail to obey it and we will be held accountable for breaking it." Pat joined in "You know we aren't guaranteed tomorrow" and Michael had to agree. We talked for a few minutes, and he walked away with a thoughtful look on his face that made me really think he will read the info I gave him. Like so many conversations, this one illustrates the need to really listen and observe where people are at, responding to them individually. This only comes with a lot of practice. I've seen progress in myself but have much more to learn. We might have to start out with an evangelistic "script" that can seem shallow, but with practice we can really learn to respond appropriately to people right where they are at.