Dear Jesus: Thanks but no thanks

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A patient wakes up from surgery and hears the biopsy is normal. A parent with a car full of children narrowly avoids an accident. A football player learns that his injured knee is only a mild sprain instead of a devastating ligament tear. A college student unexpectedly does well on an exam. A family realizes the tornado has not damaged their home. The promotion at work finally happened.

All of these events often have one thing in common. Many, if not all, of the people involved will utter some form of gratitude to God for their survival or good fortune.

These moments provide an opportunity to speak of Christ. Careful, concerned questions may be asked that can lead to the gospel. For example, when someone says, “thank the good Lord, that was close!” Look for an opportunity to talk about what was said. Perhaps something like this:

“Hey Joe, that really was a close call.”

“Yep, the man upstairs was looking after me.”

“Well, no doubt about that. Joe, we are friends, right? Well, as your friend let me ask you a question. You are happy to acknowledge that God just saved your life. Why wouldn’t you want him to tell you how to live your life?”

“Excuse me?”

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