I blew an opportunity.
I’ve been sharing my faith for 32 years and I totally choked in a McDonald’s the other day. Two guys that looked like they could be UFC fighters were hanging out in the play place. Out of the blue Jeremy, my 8 year old, told me that I should go tell them the gospel.
The problem was that there they had their kids around them (including a baby) and they didn’t look like they wanted to chit chat to anybody else but each other. To add to my challenge I’ve been struggling through the whole relational/relentless aspect of cold turkey evangelism. As Jeremy prodded me I was wondering how to turn this potential cold turkey interuption into warm turkey opportunity. But instead of cold or warm turkey I turned chicken.
Jeremy warned me that he was going to tell the Dare 2 Share teens that I was too afraid to share my faith. I reminded him that I had a degree in guilt and that he couldn’t intimidate me. But he just kept saying, “But they need Jesus daddy.”
I tried to explain to him that this wasn’t the right time.
“But they need Jesus daddy.”
How can you say no to that? So I tried to talk to the two tattoed dudes. I approached them and started small talking. They were cordial enough but they didn’t look like they wanted to be interrupted. So I flamed out and wished them a good day.
Yes, I choked. I fully admit it. I thought I’d tell you before Jeremy did.
Greg Stier is the President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries in Arvada, Colo., where he works with youth leaders and students, equipping them to be effective in sharing the gospel. With experience as a senior teaching pastor and in youth ministry for almost 20 years, Greg has a reputation of knowing and relating to today's teens. He is widely viewed as an authority and expert teen spirituality. He is known for motivating, mobilizing and equipping teens for positive change. For more information on Dare 2 Share Ministries, and the Invicible 08/09 conference tour, please visit www.dare2share.org.