I hadn’t seen Brian in a while. He works off and on at a coffee shop I go to. He has a regular job, but he works there on some Sundays. Well, he was working there last Sunday, and it was good to see him again.
We started catching up, and then I told him that I heard about his best buddy’s rental car being broken into and how $10,000 worth of video recording equipment was stolen from it.
What a terrible situation. We are breeding a lawless society when we do not hold people accountable for their actions.
When I mentioned the theft to Brian, he looked at me and said, “I was out there with him!” I didn’t know that. He then told me that he had some of his possessions stolen as well, and one of them was his laptop. Then he said something very interesting. He stated, “It made me think about the book you wrote and how it says, ‘Thou shall not steal.’”
I have been witnessing to Brian. I gave him a copy of One Heartbeat Away. It was probably five or six months afterward that he told me he had picked it up and had begun reading it.
We continued talking about how a lot of the lessons we learn in life don’t really sink in until something happens to us personally. When it is our laptop that is stolen, then “thou shall not steal” holds a lot more meaning for us. And adultery is something we think happens only in the movies until we’ve been cheated on ourselves or it happens to someone we care about.
Interestingly, a relative of mine read parts of One Heartbeat Away. He told me that when he read the chapter on the Ten Commandments, he knew without a shadow of a doubt that he would be going to Hell. I reminded him, “The Ten Commandments are not the end of the story!! Jesus can wash all that sin away if you want it.” Believe it or not, he still has not come to saving faith yet.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I gave Brian a gospel tract and a blessing while he was at work that day. He came over to me later and said he had been thinking about exactly what that tract was talking about!
Keep planting many seeds for the Lord. God enjoys making them grow!
Until the Nets are Full,
P.S. Have you ever wondered why autism is exploding all over the place, yet there is no autism among the Amish at all? There might be a very simple reason for that: