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My New Friend in Christ... Michael

Verse for today...

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:19

I was picking up my car from a car shop in Gaffney. A fellow named Michael works at the shop and was helping me jump start my dead battery. He noticed a shirt I had on that my church had given me a few years ago to wear to help witness to people at a nearby event called Spring Fling. It turns out that he had been to some meetings that our church sponsors to help with addictions. I told him about this website, and we talked about Jesus and what He means to us. Michael plans to get involved and help with a similar program closer to where he lives. I call that Giving Back!

He said that he wanted to give me something. He went into the shop and came back out with a little wooden cross that he gave to me. That's very, very cool. We exchanged phone numbers. The next morning he sent me a text that basically said he was thinking about the conversation with me and said he appreciated my willingness to share the love of Jesus with others. He wished me a blessed day and ended the message with, "I love you my friend."

I can't tell you how encouraging that was to me. Why can't we all strike up a conversation with others? I don't do it nearly enough. I have a friend named Billy who does a good job of it. I think it helps to have a conversation starter, like a shirt or a little cross. Billy ordered a shirt that says, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel." That's a good conversation starter. I think I'll take that cross that Michael gave me and make a bracelet or a necklace out of it. I got the impression that Michael isn't a big football fan. I enjoy football, and football is rather important to me but not nearly as important as the encounter I had with Michael. He told me that he is doing very well now. Heavenly Father, thank you for my new friend, Michael. Bless him and protect him. And, Michael, I love you, too, brother!

May God always be your number 1 draft pick!

Draftman Rick

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