“Stan, do you ever get in arguments with others about your faith?” I asked him one morning.
“I try not to do that,” was his response.
“Isn’t it important to bring others to the truth?”
“Absolutely, but that is totally different from arguing about it.”
“I don’t think I could ever argue someone to accept the truth about God,” Stan said with resolve.
“Rather,” Stan continued, “I am to present the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.”
“Hey, that’s pretty clever. Did you just make that up?” I asked.
“No, it has been attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi.”
“Well, whatever. It’s good advice.”
“Yes,” Stan replied. “I try to remember that approach with every person the Lord brings before me. Present the truth of the Gospel by how I live.”
“After all,” Stan continued, “it is God who draws people to Him. It is up to Him how He draws such people. My role is to be available so He can use me to draw if that is what He wants.”
“And I don’t think He wants me to argue with anyone about it.”
No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him. John 6:44.
Prayer: Lord, you drew me to you, and I am eternally thankful for that. You drew me and when I responded by drawing closer to you, you responded and drew close to me. Your incredible gift is that we keep getting closer! I ask for your help in being always available to you in what you want to do in drawing other people to you. Help me to not argue with anyone about you, but to always present the truth by my life. Amen.