Finding Common Ground – Share-Wear
Key Bible Verse: We would rather put up with anything than put an obstacle in the way of the Good News about Christ. – 1 Corinthians 9:12
Bonus Reading: Matthew 4:18-20
In the summer of 2005, as part of National Trails Day, a few friends and I helped build a trail on Davidson Mesa, overlooking the city of Boulder, Colorado. I wore a T-shirt with a picture of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, who was tragically killed in a bizarre murder a few years back.
One of the guys pushing wheelbarrows up and down hills with me saw my shirt and asked me about it. He had wrestled in college, and when I told him I was a grappler, as were both my boys, we became fast friends over this common ground.
During the day we joked around and even locked up once or twice. By the end of the day, I was able to speak about some of my passions—engaging the church’s needs and sharing dreams for the community. He responded by telling me he was on the board of a large human-service agency that was looking for ways to engage the faith community in its work. Imagine that!
How different it may have been had I worn a T-shirt with “His Pain, Your Gain” or a hat with “WWJD.” It would have been hard to get someone to look me in the eye.
—Eric Swanson in Living a Life on Loan
My Response: How could I become more likeable and accessible to non-Christians I encounter?
Thought to Apply: Witnessing is removing the various barriers of our self-love to allow Christ, living within us, to show Himself to our neighbors.—Paul Frost (writer)
Adapted from Living a Life on Loan (NavPress, 1978)