The Confessions of a Recovering Evangelist

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Years ago, I flew to Colorado to help people increase the quantity and the quality of their God conversations in a church in Colorado Springs. On the shuttle ride over from the Denver airport to my rental car company, I struck up a conversation with a young man in his early twenties. He had just flown back into the U.S. after a year of graduate study abroad. We started talking about his career aspirations after his studies were finished.

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Timeout: As we are going about our day, I believe Jesus intended for us to take the initiative to be friendly and openhearted (outwardly focused) towards those we meet. In a society full of people who would rather speak than listen, people are starving for someone who is willing to offer them their ears. Often, this simple practice of seeking to understand before we seek to be understood allows us to find common ground with others. The secret of being interesting in a conversation is to be interested in what others are passionate about.

We got off the shuttle bus and headed to the counter to pick up our rental cars. As I was getting my rental car, I couldn’t help but overhear the bad news this young man was getting about his. Unbeknownst to him, his driver’s license had expired while he was out of the country. Nudged by the Holy Spirit, I offered him a ride. He was totally taken back by my seemingly small offer of kindness.

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As we headed into Denver, he asked me what I did for a living. I had a “holy hunch” that if I told him I was an evangelist, our conversation might have ended quickly and awkwardly.

So I told him I was an author and speaker....
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