10/15/10 Todd , 15
While out "fishing" with my church brother Paul I accidently started a witnessing conversation with a young man (Todd) as he walked toward us on the sidewalk. I say "accidently" because Todd is rather large for his age and at first glance appeared to be much older than 15. I confess I generally avoid trying to share the gospel with mid to younger teens because while I am looking for a two-way "conversation", I often end up doing a one-way "presentation". I am so used to conversations with adults who have opinions, make statements, and ask questions, but with teens (and some adults like Oscar from yesterday) I sometimes feel like I am answering questions that they aren't asking. To put it bluntly, while talking to Todd today I felt like I was talking to a frightened deer caught in headlights, yet when I asked he said he understood what I was saying and that it made sense. It may be that he just wasn't able to verbalize his thoughts very well. I need to trust more in the ability of young people to understand - and the power of the Holy Spirit to help them.