4. Ground Rules

As I sat across from Stan, he said, “I want to establish some ground rules.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“I spend a lot of my time talking to ticket holders.  I try to help them understand where they are and where they should be going in this life, on this side of eternity, and I give a lot of prayerful thought to that.”

He continued, “My time is limited and I am led to help those who are serious about wanting to be helped.  With the obvious exception of this time with you, most of my time is scheduled with pre-arranged times to get together.”

Stan pulled out his calendar and opened it.  I was amazed to see that it was virtually filled with names for dates and times.

“Do you want me to add you for some time next week?”

“Can I think about it?” I asked.

“Of course,” he replied, “and I like your answer.  It shows you are not quick to jump into something without giving it some thought!”

He then went on to say, “Much and maybe most of what I will relate to you will be based on my personal experience.  You will be free to ask me any questions you want at any time.  However, if I don’t answer, you are not to push for an answer.”

“I understand, and I agree to whatever ground rules you want.  I see that you are serious about what you are doing.  I would like to talk with you some more to see if having regular times together should be pursued.”

“Good,” was his response.  “Can you be back here this afternoon at 4:00?”


“Good.  We can spend some time and, perhaps, decide if we should get together on a regular basis.”

With that, Stan said, “I need to get going.  I have an appointment and I don’t want to be late.  See you back here at 4:00.”


And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”  And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.  Revelation 22:17.

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for what you want to do.  I thank you for the people you bring into my life to help me to know you.  Please help me to always be open to whoever you send and to whatever you have for them to say.  Amen.

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