I had heard about a city-wide prayer meeting last Sunday evening which would still give me time to get to work by 9:30 AM. The Holy Spirit prompted me to print off more copies of my business card. Since I am still new to Louisville, I was bound to see people I had never met, so I prayed to make the connections the Lord had in mind.
So, why give someone my card?
Had it not been for those extra prints, my new friend Nelson would not have been able to email me about the Salt and Light conference to take place in Indiana. The man with the African patterned shirt under his brown tweed jacket can give me more information to pray over the West African country of Niger, from which he had just returned.
I was happy to meet a UPS engineer curious about new paradigms from Arthur Burk. I could write down the website for Plumbline Ministries on the back. Arthur’s seven Redemptive Gifts apply to Louisville because all cities with a Redemptive Gift of teaching have similar opportunities and problems. They are full of training institutions and have a religiosity burden, often making them unaware of social justice inequities. They are also places where God gives people listening to His Spirit supernatural strategies to bless generations of people with new teaching and reconciliation of alienation.
The young man sitting in the seat in front of me declared to us, “I don’t go to church.” He did not join in our little prayer five-some, but he must have been open and seeking spiritual truth to have even showed up at a prayer meeting.
After two worship sessions, the Holy Spirit said to get out my business cards. My mind thought this idea premature, since the meeting was not over yet. Sure enough, the young man got up with a young lady by his side and walked out to the aisle. Happily, the Lord gave me a second chance as she stopped to hug her pastor. As the young man stood at the end of my row watching her, I quickly pulled out a card and told him I had written some blessings to share with him. He said he would look them up. (I used to preach to tell people what they could do for God because He told us to; these blessings are to tell people what God wants to do for them.)
My business cards give me a chance to hear the Spirit of God and to give people opportunity to develop new relationships. Some with me, some with other people.
What’s on your business card?