Encounter at a QuickStop

awake-200.jpgI was at a BP station buying two large cappuccinos–french vanilla for Pam, a caramel for me. A young black gal wearing a dress, very pretty, came up beside me and stood there for a few second.

“Excuse me,” she said finally. “I have a magazine you might be interested in reading. It has some good articles about stress and….” She mentioned some other articles.

As hot liquid poured into a cup, I looked at the magazine. It was a small-sized publication called “Awake.” The page she held open showed the name “Watchtower.”

As I suspected, she was a Jehovah’s Witness.

“No thank you,” I told her.

I then continued filling the cups, and she continued standing there, waiting her turn.

“I’ll bet you’re from Jamaica,” I said. Pretty obvious accent.

“Trinidad and Tobago,” she said. “We’re not far away.”

“So I was close,” I said. “I’m sure you would recognize the difference in speech between a Jamaican and someone from Trinidad, but I can’t.”

We exchanged a few more words, the I headed to the cashier while she got her own cappuccino.

As I drove away, I felt the conversation had been incomplete in two ways: I hadn’t given a reason for my lack of interest in “Awake,” and I hadn’t affirmed her. Here’s what I wish I had told her.

“I’m an evangelical Christian. But though we share different beliefs, I want to commend you for having the courage to share your faith with other people. I don’t want to wish you success, but I do admire what you’re doing.”

Maybe next time.

So–what do you think would have been a good response to that young woman?

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1 Comment to "Encounter at a QuickStop"

  1. I’m not sure what you should have said, but I often tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that it was through them that I came to believe in the doctrine of the Trinity.

    I suppose you could point her to Hebrews 1, where their Bible makes Jesus higher than God. (It says, “Your throne is God.” Our says, “Your throne, O God.” The one who sits on the throne is higher than the throne.

    It’s important to communicate both love and truth, which was the thrust of your post.

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