We received this nice email the other day from Ed. He read one of our recent newsletters and decided to comment about it as well as share a witnessing adventure that opened up for him not long ago. Check it out:
Another gem, my brother in Christ (B.I.C.). I love the part about being on a journey.
In addition to being a Physical Education teacher for K-5th grades, I have been teaching young adultsâ€•as well as older adultsâ€•how to drive cars. I am a Driverâ€™s Education teacher who teaches both the classroom and driving portion of the course. Ultimately, I have earned the title of State Driving Inspector.
On a recent drive test, it was a girl who was test driving. I usually only give commands like, â€œTurn right. Turn left. Make a lane change now to the right or left. Let’s parallel park that car over there,â€ etc. But when we turned a corner and she mentioned something about a church looking nice, it opened a door for me to walk through and share my faith. So, I asked her where she attended church and what her core beliefs were. I also asked her, â€œIf you were to die right now from a heart attackâ€•try not to since my life in your handsâ€•where would you end up for eternity?â€
I have never had a student respond so eloquently. She said, “That’s easy. I have had the Holy Spirit living inside of me since I accepted Jesus as my Savior and what He did for me, and for all of humanity, on the cross over 2,000 years ago. He died for my sinsâ€•past, present, and how I am going to mess up tonight.”
I asked her where she learned that, and she said she had a praying grandmother who told her all about Jesus at the age of 6 (she is now 17) and how she had been praying for her salvation since she was born. It got me to think about my own grandchildren. I have 2 granddaughters, ages 6 and nearly 3 years old. I have begun to pray for their salvation and that their future husbands would be godly men who are sold out for Christ and love Jesus more than they will love my granddaughters. Because, if they love HIM, they will love them just like they love Jesus.
Never underestimate the power of a praying grandparent is the lesson I learned that day. When we got done with the drive test and she asked if she passed, I told her, â€œYes,â€ and said, â€œLet’s go talk with your mom.â€ I told her mom, â€œShe passed, but I gained a S.I.C. (sister in Christ) today because she was able to defend the gospel and tell me about her salvation.â€ Her mom got emotional and said, “Well, we train up our kids to follow in HIS footsteps like Proverbs 22:6 says, but we usually just hope that they do it. Today, you confirmed it!”
GOD IS SO GOOD, BROTHER. Thanks for letting me share my journey with you, and thanks for praying for my mom. She is still here, and I will keep telling her about Jesus until she draws her last breath, despite her dementia and not knowing who I am. As long as she knows HIM before stepping off into eternity, that is all that matter, and it is all Â I am praying for!!!
What do you do when a door opens right in front of you? Do you run through it, or do you walk on by and pray that someone else walks through it?
1 Corinthians 16:9
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
Pray for open doors. Walk through open doors. Meet some new B.I.C.â€™s and S.I.C.â€™s. And plant some seeds where we can have more and more B.I.C.â€™s and S.I.C.â€™s in the future!!
Until the Nets are Full,
P.S. If you need some help being as forthright as Edâ€™s driving student, the DVDs we have on Special can help! They are loaded with witnessing encounters that can encourage you to walk through those open doors the Lord sets before you with boldness. It wonâ€™t be long before youâ€™ll have encounters of your own to share with others. You can find this DVD special and our other items on special the link below.