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by Alan Smith
How do you decide what information to hold back and what to share directly? How about a little story to help us NOT point the way?
Two brothers, John and Richard, lived in the same town John with his 12-year-old cat, Richard with their 88-year-old mother. Johns whole life was his cat. He never went anywhere without her. One day he was faced with a terrible decision. He had to go to England on business for his company and he couldnt take the cat into England with having to quarantine her for 14 days. He wouldnt do that so he was faced with either losing his job or leaving his cat. Finally he decided to trust his brother with the cat for the week he would be gone. He gave Richard detailed instructions, schedules, food, etc. He flew to London and called Richard every day to make sure Gracie the cat was OK.
We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20, NCV)
You can feel the urgency in their voices through the years and the language barrier! I believe that we need to use tact in talking to people about Christ. But sometimes, we are so worried about offending people that we never get around to saying anything at all!
Break the news. And break it gently if you wish. Just be careful that your message is not so gentle that its of no value at all.
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