10/9/11 Jody, about 45
I was an hour early to church where I found John, another church brother, who was also early, so we decided to head out onto the streets to look for witnessing conversations. The Chicago Marathon was in progress and passing nearby so we headed in that direction and found an African-American man named Jody, who works at a nearby gas station, out among the cheering fans. He had taken a break from work to look for his wife who was running in the marathon. I asked if he would answer an interesting question and when I asked about his beliefs about heaven he initially said he takes a wait and see attitude about it. I explained a little of the importance of our eternal destination and asked again and this time he took it much more seriously and seemed surprised, like he had never really thought about it before. It reminded me that so many people are so caught up with day to day concerns that they rarely step back to think about eternal things. They need people to remind them to do so. We talked a while and Jody had to get back to work but he invited us to talk with him later, now clearly more interested to hear more.