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Pardon the Interruption                                    November 12, 2014

Dear friends,

It happened twice this week.  I was minding my own business when suddenly I
began eavesdropping on someone else's conversation.  The first time it happened
was in my car on the way to church.  I had the radio on.

I was listening to Lee Elci and his guest, Elissa Bass, on Tuesday morning.  I was
enjoying their conversation but I had no idea who she was.  Call me a hermit if you
will.  I raised the question on Facebook.  Who is this woman?

I was delighted to hear Lee respond to the question and run through Elissa's
resume over the air, even if they did poke a little fun at me for not knowing her.
The truth is the only way you are going to learn anything is to ask questions.

A few days later I was having breakfast at Olde Tymes Restaurant.  I overheard
two gentleman in the next booth talking about the latest in home electronics.  I was
fascinated.  I couldn't help myself.  I turned around and after apologizing for
interrupting, I asked them a few questions of my own.

Let's be honest.  Very few of us are experts in every area of life.  We depend on
others to fill in the gaps.  Afterwards I thought about that in terms of our faith
walk.  When was the last time someone asked you a question about your faith?

More to the point, if someone overheard you and me talking or watched us move
through our day, would they even know we were people of faith?  Would they
interrupt us to ask us a question about why we believe what we do or ask us about
God?

We are called to be ambassadors for Christ.  We may not be experts but God
sends us out to be a light in the darkness.  If we let his love shine through us
people will seek us out.  So let your light shine and be gracious when someone
stops you with a question.

God bless! See you in church. Cal