By: Pete Ascosi
One of the principles that we learn in the Sharing Christ course is “Triple A.” Not roadside assistance, but being available, anytime, anywhere to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Scripture tells us, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15). Recently we received a beautiful testimony from a ChristLife participant that illustrates this type of availability to the Holy Spirit:
My 25-year old daughter & I stopped at a crowded McDonald’s in Hempstead, an “urban suburb” on Long Island. A woman was cursing, yelling “F##% me” over & over at the staff. So loud. Irate. Irrational. I went up to her and said “You’re having a hard day. God bless you.” She stopped her non-stop shouting, and thanked me, and had been yelling about being disrespected in front of her babies. I boldly put my hand on her shoulder & said “Okay. God bless you. Calm yourself, you’re raising your blood pressure & that’s not good for you or your babies. Really. God bless you.”
And then she did calm down & stopped shouting & ordered her food. I am so grateful that I was open to the Holy Spirit and for the opportunity to witness to Christ’s love to this woman in front of my daughter and the packed McDonald’s.
This is the change in me that Discovering Christ brought out. I never would have been so bold and so calm prior to participating. This is also only one of the MANY ways my life has changed and I have grown since Discovering/Following/Sharing Christ.
Instead of fleeing the tense situation she moved towards the source of the problem with a confidence and peace inspired by the Holy Spirit. May her example encourage us in our own daily effort to be available, anytime, anywhere to the Lord!
A great resource to help you grow in your readiness to evangelize is the recently released Share Christ book. Share Christ offers practical steps and encouragement, equipping you to share the Good News with love, joy, and authenticity anytime, anywhere.