Dawn Reed Times Columnist
April 4, 2014
The UPS guy had been coming to the office almost every day for weeks. When I asked his name one day he was startled. (That usually means something’s wrong.) With big eyes, he asked why I wanted to know. “I would like to be able to say ‘Hello!’ and call you by name,” I said. He told me and left bewildered.
Every day after that I called the guy in brown by name. He laughed every time.
Easter was coming up. It’s the absolutely easiest time of the year to invite people to church! Just say, “Hey, are you doing anything special for Easter?” Your invitee may mention something about a big dinner or hunting eggs. Then you can gently go right into, “Are you going to church?” After their answer you can add, “Easter is a great time for people to go to church!” Even people who used to go or have never been at all feel drawn to go to church at Easter-Praise the Lord! That makes inviting people to church like fishing in a barrel! I needed to be on the lookout for fish (a.k.a. people)!
The UPS man came to my mind. I wanted him to know that Jesus loved him and that He had a plan for his life and that being in church was a good thing for him and his family. I had only just found out his name; it would be a lot to blurt out over a package!
My best way of inviting people to church or Jesus is by giving away stuff. I’m not above using Little Debbie cakes, rubber frogs, bottled pop, etc. to get my point across. I was brainstorming catchy Easter slogans.
We had just mailed all of our college students chocolate bunnies with “You’re some-BUNNY special to God and me!” on them. It was perfect! Almost EVERYBODY loves chocolate!
I bought a small chocolate bunny for the UPS man and stuck my some-BUNNY special sticker on it. I was so excited! I was going to remind him that Jesus loved him, had a plan for him and that being in church would be good for him and his family. (I know that’s a lot to put on one bunny!)
The next day, here he came with a package. I got that sick feeling in my stomach when I KNOW I’m supposed to speak up for Jesus and then get scared right before it’s time. I had the bunny right there in my desk. If I let him walk away without it, I would feel awful. What if nobody else ever reminded him that Jesus loved him? What if he was feeling like a loser and needed encouragement? What if his blood sugar was low and he really NEEDED chocolate?! A lot was going on in my head while he crossed to my desk!
I am sure my voice shook but I told him I had something for him for being such a good delivery man. If you could have seen his face! I am laughing out loud as I type! It was awesome! He looked at the bunny and did not have a clue about what to say! (I don’t think he’d ever gotten one as a present before.) I didn’t tell him God had a plan for him and all the other stuff, but I did invite him to church if he wasn’t already going somewhere else.
My co-workers said that he probably thought I was flirting with him. For the love! I’m as old as his mother! I was just inviting him to church! (I bet he still laughs every time he sees a chocolate bunny and thinks, “Some-BUNNY!”)
I started praying for him after that on Tuesdays, and told him. A year later, I changed jobs. I’ve seen him twice in seven years but called him by name! Haha!
People go in and out of our lives every day. Sometimes we don’t pay attention. When someone is serving us food, checking out our groceries, making our deposits or handing us our order in the drive thru, we are busy and don’t even look up. As Easter approaches, what if we really started looking and inviting them to Jesus?! How many bunnies can you use to open a door or heart? Peeps would be fun, too!
What about … peanut butter eggs with “You’re EGG-stra special to God and me!” Where is that UPS man?!