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Chapter 1 -8- This was

Chapter 1 -8- This was an event that was to change the course of Tom’s life. As much as he grieved his buddy’s death, Tom also grieved his failure to share the good news before it was too late. He told the Lord that if He would spare his life, he would never again pass up an opportunity to share his faith in Jesus Christ. He read the Bible more and more and prayed for guidance and protection. His father had a heart attack and Tom flew home on emergency leave. His dad was out of the hospital by the time he arrived, and Tom found it easy to confide in him about the missed opportunities to help others who were lost and struggling. “I blew it, Dad.” “Sometimes you have to wait for the right opportunity,” his father offered. Tom’s heart was still aching. “You don’t always get a second chance,” he replied. That insight about the need to be a bold witness began to shape his life. After he finished a second tour in Vietnam, he used his veteran’s benefits to attend college. By the time he graduated, he knew he wanted to serve God in his work. The restlessness in his soul led him to such a close relationship with the Lord that he would sometimes go to a nearby cemetery, where it was very quiet, just to talk with the Lord. It was there one night that he fell to his knees and cried Republished by Witnessing Made Easy 2018

Chapter 1 -9- out to God. Suddenly he realized that it was his longing to find his mother that was coming between him and the Lord. “Forgive me, Lord, for the bitterness and anger I’ve had for my mother. Help me to love her as You love her. I will no longer search for her, Lord. If You want me to find her, You will have to do it. I pray that somehow You will save her.” His work took a new direction. “I want to minister to people everywhere, including politics, business and business leaders,” he announced to an old friend named Ruby while he was visiting back in New York state. “They have special problems because of their work and the pressure it brings.” He had been helping out in political campaigns and began to see behind the scenes what life for those in public service as really like. Ruby was both amazed and amused. “The Bible says we’re to pray for those in authority, but minister to them?” “’For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty,’ 1 Timothy 2:2,” Tom quoted. She considered this. “Maybe we’d have better government if more of us prayed for those in power. Maybe we do need a ministry like the one you envision.” But Tom was clearly bothered by something. “First the Republished by Witnessing Made Easy 2018