books. He raised the subject having seen one of my books lying around. He was not particularly impressed. He thought I was wasting my time bearing in mind how little Royalties I got per book.
I explained that I was not writing the books to make money. He asked, "why write them?"
I said, "Maybe, someone somewhere reading what I write may well be interested in finding out more about God, or Jesus. Perhaps that person may join a church ... you know, first steps ..."
My friend said nothing. I could see he was not convinced but was being polite.
I said, "We can all do our bit to witness for God. It doesn't have to be writing books, or knocking at doors, or standing in street corners preaching or handing out leaflets."
"I'm totally useless at this sort of thing!" he mumbled.
This set me thinking. I guess God likes useless people. Faulty people. Let's see how many I can think of.
Peter ... he always talked first but when it came to the important part, he denied knowing Christ.
Thomas ... he doubted the Resurrection took place. Despite witnessing many miracles performed by Christ.
Matthew ... a thieving tax collector.
Paul ... a killer persecuting the early Christians.
Moses ... a stammerer too shy and afraid to go and ask a king to release the Jews from captivity.
Jonah ... stubborn and disobeys God.
Can you think of any others? How about you and me? I am hardly perfect. I sometimes wonder why I got started in all this Christian writing. Maybe one day, back in 2007, I had nothing to do and I started writing "VISIONS".
The rest is history.
I sometimes think of all the people I have met over the years through the Internet. People who Blog and who visit this Blog of mine. I think of them as I pray. For them and for you.
There's some very interesting people out there. With interesting Blogs and interesting subjects that you talk about. People whom I'd like to meet in real life. The problem with all of you is that you live too far away.
But we all have one thing in common.
The opportunity to witness for God. We don't have to be theologically well educated. We don't have to be priests, pastors, vicars, preachers or whatever.
I am none of these. Just a nobody, (or so I'm told).
All we have to do is, every now and then, write something from our own experience explaining what God means to us, how Jesus helped us, and how our lives have been enriched as a result.
We never know who visits our blogs and does not comment. Perhaps one person would be inspired by what you write.
You don't have to be useless to witness for God. Be as you are.