Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Unexpected blessings

Last Friday night Elizabeth Gage was the featured speaker at Otis Library's "Evening with an Author" event at the Norwich Inn & Spa. I confess that I didn't really go to hear her. I was simply going to support the Library at this annual fund raising event. It's a nice night out and it raises money for a great institution. And besides, I am a member of the Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth is a professor at Yale University and her book was ten years in the making. "The Day Wall Street Exploded" is a real life mystery about the bombing of Wall Street in 1920, which was the worst terrorist attack in America up until that time. She talked about the book with such excitement that I got caught up in it and decided that I wanted to read the book.

As I was leaving the event, it struck me that when you hear someone who is truly enthusiastic about a subject, someone who really believes in what they have learned, you get excited too. She peaked my interest and I needed to know more. The truth is that you and I can do the same thing when we share our stories with our friends and family.

When people hear how our lives were changed by Christ, and how we have been blessed, they will want to know more. They may not even know they are looking for anything but when they hear you and I tell our stories, they will want to hear more.

So live your faith and tell your story and let Christ shine though you. You will be surprised at the results as people will come up and thank you afterward because you gave them something they didn't even know they were looking for. New life.


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