Last night was the spring concert at the high school. Our son Josh plays the oboe and the saxophone and our daughter Julia plays the flute.
The kids all did a fantastic job and everyone enjoyed a wonderful night of music.
Afterward, Doug, Julia, her friend Diana, and me struck up a conversation with the father of one of my friends who is well into his eighth decade. In fact, he and his lovely bride have been married for 64 years.
He began to share his love of music with us, including the fact that he still performs shows at nursing homes…”for the old people,” you see. 🙂
I motioned to Diana and told him that she plans to be a Broadway star one day.
His eyes lit up and he said, “Do I have a piece of advice for you!’ He paused for a moment then said, “Every song tells a story. You have to believe the story with every fiber of your being. Then you look people in the eye and you sell that story! They’ll never forget you!”
I thought about his advice long after we went home that night. Specifically, how it relates to the greatest story ever told…the Gospel of Jesus.
As Christians, we possess the most incredible, surpassing, breathtaking, beautiful story that this world will ever hear. And we have been given the privilege of sharing that story with those who cross our paths…some for a lifetime, some for a moment.
Do we believe it with every fiber of our being?
Are we courageous enough to look people in the eye and boldly but gently tell them about the unfathomable love of such an extraordinary Savior?
No, we do not “sell” the story with slick words or fancy techniques.
Rather, we share out of the overflow of a heart that is forever grateful for so great a salvation.
We share out of a heart eternally in love with the One who was willing to die rather than live without us.
We share out of love for those who are still living in darkness and desperately need the Light.
We share from wounded hearts that have been made whole by the Healer.
We do not need to be brilliant theologians. We just need to tell our stories about how we came to know Jesus and the difference He has made in our lives, both for time and for eternity.
Then we pray that they will never forget the words of life that we have shared.
Who will you tell your story to today?