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February 27, 2010

Barber Shop Talk

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

You can always be sure of conversation in the barber shop.  I never know what subjects will be discussed, but you can learn a lot.  I’ve been waiting for just such a conversation as an old friend walks in and sees me.

“Hey, I heard you moved back.  When did you move back?  How’re you doing?  The family all well?”

“Family is well.  We’ve doing good.  Been back almost two years.”

“I saw where you are living.  Nice home.  Good area.  And is that your car right there?

“Yeh, we are blessed.  Can’t believe we would have ever had such a home.  And yes, that’s our car.”

“Man, you must be rich!  How did you do it?”

“I certainly am.  Can’t believe how blessed we are with all we have.  But I didn’t earn it, it’s  all from my Father.  He is the wealthy one.  He owns everything I can name, and He gives me everything I need.”

“Oh, I get you.  You’re talking about God.”

“That’s right.  He is my Father.  And He does give me everything I need, maybe not all I want, but all I need.  I know lots of people who miss out on what God could give for them.  God is the Creator of all, but not necessarily the Father of everyone!  We must be in His family–His child, and until then, He is our God, but not the Father.”

I realize now that I must talk fast or I won’t be able to say all I want.  The others in the barber shop are listening, and some are probably becoming uncomfortable.  But I continue as long as I can.

“You know, it is easy to be in the family.  We can be adopted.  God is in the adoption business.  He wants a bigger family that He has now.  It is so easy to get adopted.  We just need to want to.  He made provision through His Son . . . .”

Now the squirming begins.  A couple of men shift in their seats.  One picks up a magazine.  I realize that I have gone as far as I can.  Quietness settles over the shop.  The barber picks up a new conversation.  Within a few minutes, it is the usual conversation about fishing, hunting, or politics.

But that’s ok.  I did my best to be a living brochure on God’s adoption plan.  I put the advertisement out.  They had to know they just received an application if they wanted to be adopted.

“In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ . . . .”  (Ephesians 1:4,5)    “How great is the love  the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!”  (1 John 3:1)


Note:  Ladies, if this conversation can happen in the barber shop, could it not also occur in the beauty salon?


1 Comment »

  1. Well done! I loved this, and I admire you!

    Comment by jjr — March 2, 2010 @ 11:26 am | Reply

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