Wednesday, February 08, 2006

stay cool

So do ya want to hear a funny story from Vegas? (This is like funny story #532 or something, there were so many.) Here it is.

I have been seeking God's will for my life and I feel like He's leading me to share my faith with more people. He wants me to be ready to tell people about Him so I had this attitude going to Vegas that maybe there would be someone there that I could minister to, pray with, witness to, etc. Of course I got sick so that pretty much made me think about "me" the whole time instead of the Lord's work. (Sneaky Devil.)

So on the last day, I still hadn't really talked to anyone about the Lord and I was wondering where I missed my opportunity. So we get in the cab to go to the airport and the cab driver is super-friendly, asking us about ourselves and what we were doing there. He had this funny accent and was just easy to talk to. So we were telling him that we were basically country bumpkins out there in the big city and joking along, ya know how it goes. So we get to the airport and get out and I felt like God was telling me to say to him before he got back in the car, "Jesus Loves You!!" and I thought, "here's my chance, do it!" So I looked at him and he looked at me and at the last second I chickened out and said, "stay cool!" He just looked at me like "huh?" and got in the car and drove off. I was like "man - I blew it!" Stay cool? Stay cool????!!! Where did that come from? I don't say that!!!!!

So I told Ann and of course we both cracked up and have been laughing about it for a week. By the way, God, if you're listening (and I know you are), give me another chance, k? I'll try not to blow it next time!!!!


Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, that totally sounds like something I would say.

ps. i think He'll give you another shot at it!

Renee said...

You are too gosh darn funny. Maybe this guy was going to do something horrible and he was bound to end up in hell and by you saying "be cool" it changed his thought process. Or maybe he just thinks your a redneck hick from TN!
Next time, try this: "Right On".
You crack me up!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are a funny, funny gal! That sounds like something I'd probably wind up saying too.

I have to agree...I bet you'll get another chance. You already set an amazing example here on your blog.

Stay cool!
(couldn't resist!)

Barb Hogan said...

That's funny! Hey, we all do our best, don't we! You know that just relating the story here is getting the job done ;-)

jennifer said...

I have so been in the same situation! I have to say I've chickened out most of the time. I guess it's that fear of rejection or something. If you pray for another chance you'll get it! I'll pray that He gives you the right words and the courage you need!

Renee Camacho said...

You totally didn't 'blow' it...and you'll get another chance simply because you've been honest with yourself and others...that is a GOOD thing...

You could have just NOT told us that and been okay. But now you're even a better person by admitting your 'missed chance'. You'll definitely have another chance...perhaps even today.


annie said...

Thank you for my morning laugh.
I needed it!
When I told Bill he laughed as hard as we did when it happened!
Stay Cool will always be one of my
favorite phrases!

Sherri said...

Oh Tracie,
You are so funny!!! Stay cool??? Definitely something I wouldn't expect to hear come out of your mouth!!
You will get another chance, just pray for it and ask for courage and the right words and you will get them both!

Jann Gray said...

Ok...I have to agree with your friend renee...perhaps your "stay cool" made him think that perhaps there was a place "hotter than Vegas" and just maybe he didn't want to end up there! Ya never know!!!!

Having "sweated" this particular scenerio way too many times myself, I can state with confidence that you will have another opportunity. Your reminder that I should "always be ready to give an account for the joy that is within me" has made me more aware of those around me TODAY. I work in a Christian environment, and I can get sucked into thinking EVERYONE I know is a Christian but it just isn't true. I can count four people I came in contact with that I have no idea where eternity stands for them and I didn't say a thing. I am the stinker! *smile*

Love ya girl -- and so appreciate the honesty and your heart.

Anonymous said...

I have done that before -- chickened out at the last minute. Once in particular I felt in my heart that God was leading me to witness to a former co-worker. I saw her at the mall (hadn't seen her in quite some time). The conversation opened up for me to witness, but I chickened out. When I left the mall, I felt sooo bad inside about not being obedient in what I believe God was leading me to say. So right after I left, I prayed, repenting of missing God, and I asked for another chance to obey Him. Exactly one week later I went to the mall again. I had not planned to go to the mall that day, but something came up and I had to go over there for something (return or something, but I don't recall). When I was inside I saw the same gal there working, and when I walked up to her, she said the exact same words to me she had said one week before (something about seeing joy on my face). I was able to witness to her about God's love and having joy that comes from Jesus. It felt sooo amazing to be able to obey God and get that second chance.

The moral of the story is, God brought a missed opportunity back around again after I prayed about it. I know He will do the same for you. Who knows? Maybe that taxi driver is reading your blog right now and reading about the love of Christ???

Please don't be too hard on yourself. Jesus walked this earth as a human being, and he knows the type of struggles and temptations we all have as humans.

Big hugs!!!