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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: Salt and Light
By Marlene Bonney
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I began nonchalantly observing this girl during our workdays as she busied herself with routine secretarial duties. In appearance, she typically dresses in current styles and colors, albeit, the more conservative ones. She is of average height and weight and beauty and nothing out of the ordinary—at first glance. But, there is a unique aura about this lady, Caroline, that seems to draw all of us to her, like bees to honey. Principled is what I would call her, and uncommonly consistent in character. I’ve overheard plenty of coworkers’ water cooler conversations and she always seems to be defending ones the others are ragging on. (They say the gals are the ones who propagate gossip, but I’ve found guys to be just as bad. It’s just that we talk about cars and money and prestige and sports while they make observations about relationships).
I have heard Caroline’s voice raised only once in the months we have worked together, and that was to chastise a superior (Mr. Michaels) who was swearing at a new clerk. Usually haughty and self-important, this hardened taskmaster actually blushed and briefly apologized for his rudeness!
Yesterday, quite by accident, I caught a glimpse of Caroline in action outside of our offices. It was one of those picture-perfect Fall Sunday afternoons when the sun’s rays playfully dance off the colorful air-born leaves in dazzling kaleidoscopes while youngsters play hopscotch on the sidewalks and squirrels scamper to stock winter pantries. I was on my way to an important golf outing with a temperamental client and was rushing through a quaint neighborhood to join up with him when I recognized her silvery laughter coming from a yard full of children. Even in jeans and a sweater with brunette curls caught back in a ponytail, she appeared to advantage, as much at ease in this setting as she did at the firm, blending in with her accustomed grace and style. She was sitting by an easel and pointing at it while the children flocked around her, reciting unfamiliar words in unison that I faintly recognized as a Bible verse:
“For God so loved the world, He game His only Son so whoever believes in Him will not die, but live forever.”
I continued to watch, noticing that one of the tiniest kids, wearing glasses and ragged clothing, was having difficulty reading the words. Caroline picked him up in her arms, his dirty face and matted hair blending into her secure embrace, bringing his face closer to the easel.
And, in that moment, a yearning rose up within me from the deepest recesses of my starved and needy soul. There I stood, stock-still, a successful six-figure income lawyer in designer clothing with golf bag slung over a shoulder, mesmerized by the simple scene in front of me.
The next day at work, I did some further investigating and discovered that Caroline and a few other friends spent their lunch breaks together in a Bible study, which I soon joined. I constantly noticed subtle positive changes in the behavior of the people around me whose lives she touched and sometimes even witnessed miracles, like Mr. Michaels actually helping new employees! And, I was continually impressed with Bible truths I had never heard before.
But, if anyone had told me then that within a few weeks time, not only would I come to know this Jesus Caroline exemplified as He filled the empty places in my heart, but that I would ALSO win her to be my wife, I would have laughed in utter disbelief!
Now, as a couple, we are able to make an even stronger impact for Christ, whether at home or at work. And on the weekends you can usually find us serving in children’s ministries or on the golf course where we also host a tailgate Bible study at the end of the 18th hole!
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