Shared Experience Leads to Eternal Influence

Posted on by Youth for Christ

by Aaron French, Wabash Campus Life

I want to give my life to Christ!” Those are words a Campus Life director never gets tired of hearing.

It was no different with Braxton, a young man I met at the local archery range during a bow and arrow shooting competition. Braxton and I continued to build our relationship, and soon he expressed an interest in hunting. I told him to get his hunting license, and we would go that Wednesday.

About 30 minutes into the hunt, a deer came out of the woods 50 yards in front of us. Down it went, creating one of the most monumental days of Braxton’s life! The young man who would have considered himself an atheist just days before said he was praying the whole time that God would let him see just one deer that day.

I took the opportunity to share what Christ has done in my life. Braxton didn't say much, but I knew he was listening.

Later, one of Braxton’s friends invited him to our Friday morning Bible study at a local coffee shop. As we read Romans 10, we discussed how God doesn't want our faith to swing back and forth like a pendulum, but how He desires to lead us confidently toward him. I asked if the guys had any comments, and that’s when Braxton spoke up and said, “I want to give my life to Christ!”

An ordinary Friday in an ordinary coffee shop led to an extraordinary moment. It was God at work through everyday life and everyday experiences, developing a relationship that had extraordinary eternal influence.

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