While traveling we learned that a famous author was in our tour group. We had the privilege of meeting him and later having dinner with James and his wife. They were delightful.
When we returned home I received an email from James. It more than friendly, it was flirtatious. I was puzzled but decided to use the situation for the Lord. I told him I was glad to know such a well-known author. I asked if I might get his opinion on my blog. Perhaps he could give me some writing tips! I knew if he read my blog he would read about Jesus’ love and His power to transform lives.
He responded with compliments on my blog and said my stories were “compelling.” His next comment stunned me: “I cannot forget the lovely hug we had on that last night! You wore a blue blouse, so I was pressed against it and for a few moments the hug remained with me. Now whenever I see a blue blouse, I remember our hug with delight!”
I decided not to write back and instead shared the email with my husband. His comment surprised me, “You should write him back. He needs to be evangelized.”
So I did. I briefly shared my story of how Christ came into my life at the age of 27 and changed me from inside out. Then… “What about you, James? Do you have a faith background? Do you believe in a heaven or hell? If so, how do you believe one can get to heaven? Many believe we go to heaven by being good. Yet the Bible tells us nobody is good enough. We all need a Savior and there’s only one.” I gave him some helpful websites including www.godlife.com .
He responded, “Just answer this question. Why did you hug me that last night?”
I wrote, “I don’t believe I hugged you; it must have been someone else. I’m sorry. You may be disappointed, but I don’t believe your letter to me was a mistake. You see, there is a God. He loves you and desires that you know Him. He wants to satisfy you and fill you with His peace and joy. I do sense your lack of interest. Nevertheless, I’m feeling God nudging me to pursue you for Him…”
He wrote back mentioning the hypocrisy he sees in religion and wants no part of it.
I responded, “Hey James, there are phonies everywhere. But if you simply look at the life of Jesus, there was nothing phony about Him. If you continue to look for excuses, you will miss out on the most important relationship of all. NOTHING else will satisfy! Oh, you might find a woman to hug, but the joy and fulfillment will not be lasting. Come to Jesus and REALLY live.”
I decided against signing it, “Hugs, Kathleen.”
- We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. Romans 15:1-2
- SONG: MARTHA – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity