A few weeks ago, I accompanied my friend Priscilla Shirer to a taping of Life Today with James Robison. It was SO COOL to see what happens backstage and meet James and Betty Robison in person. They have an incredible ministry providing food and water to children in remote parts of the world, and a television ministry that reaches millions.
That evening, they were interviewing Priscilla for two programs that will air in January. Of course, Priscilla was her awesome self, and spoke about how God really does speak to us. She makes it look easy, sitting in front of an audience and 3 cameras, just chatting away. I love how she just connects with people, and we all felt like we were sitting right in the living room with her, learning about how we can hear God's voice.
There was another program being taped that night, just before Priscilla's segments. The guest was Brian "Head" Welch, former guitarist for the band, KORN. Brian has an AMAZING testimony of redemption from an addiction to drugs and an out-of-control rock-star lifestyle. I got to meet him before the taping got started, and was impressed with his heart for Jesus and for reaching out to the people in his world. I saw a gentleman behind the tattoos, a man who is sold out and growing in his own faith.
Meeting Brian made me think about how many times I have judged people by their appearance or by the music they listen to. It's good to remember that we all, from soccer moms to drug addicts, need an encounter with a Savior. One of Brian's business associates took a chance and shared a verse with him that started him on a journey to faith in Christ. I wonder if I would have shared a verse with someone I thought might be "too hardened" to the gospel?
Brian has written a book called, Save Me From Myself, in which he tells his story. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my "To Read" list. You might know someone who would benefit from reading Brian's book, maybe someone who can relate to Brian's music and past. I think the book would make a great gift.
Maybe God is nudging you to take a chance like Brian's friend did, and share the Good News of Jesus with someone you know. I'm going to look for opportunities to share my faith beyond the soccer moms and Mary Kay parties. I'll start by getting a copy of his book and having it ready to give away.