Last Thursday, I took my boys in the bike trailer to our local public library to read books together. The library is one of those “third places” I’m realizing that can be a good way to meet people in my community. Like neighborhood parks, the library provides opportunity for my kids to meet other kids, and for me to meet other young parents. My hope has been to meet such families to share the gospel with them and invite them into our gospel community.
As I was reading to my boys, another boy showed up who seemed interested in the book, so I pulled up a chair and invited him. His parents came afterward and started a conversation. Within a few minutes of talking with the father of this child (Riley), he quickly realized where I was going. How did he know this? Because that was exactly where he was going, too! The more I thought about it, the more I realized how rare it is to live in a city where 95% of the population are unchurched to have someone engage me with the gospel.
But then I thought about it in an even bigger picture. How many people in my lifetime have ever engaged me in a conversation for the purpose of sharing the gospel of Jesus with me? In my 32 years, I can count on one hand the number of times that has happened. I mentioned this on Twitter and immediately had replies from people who said they have NEVER had someone engage them in conversation to share the gospel.
Curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to informally poll my Google+ friends and ask them the same question. 30 people responded, and here are the results: