Nearly 20 years ago, I met a gal named Gina. We worked together at a restaurant and became friends. We drank lots of coffee and ate lots of chocolate!
(Quick opinion on waiting tables and hostessing… every person should do it. It teaches HOW to serve physically, HOW to have a good attitude and PREPARES you for parenting! The “thank you” comes later!..but alas! No financial tip! I will take the HUGE emotional pay-off from my kids instead !)
I digress…which happens OFTEN. Gina was always special to me because she smiled often, had a cheerful spirit, and a kind heart…but also we laughed A LOT!
As we became friends, we talked about things we believed in. Somewhere, “between shifts” in the world of the restaurant business, I thought, “I wonder if my fun YOUNGER (only by 4 years but back then… it was a big deal!) friend knows about my very recent spiritual decision to believe in Jesus Christ alone to get me to Heaven.”
If she’s my friend, I want her to know!
I had ALWAYS thought Christians were boring and basically missing out on a good time. Randomly, (?) I started reading the Bible and met some fun chocolate-lovin’ Christians! I realized that I had to come to a decision…..either Jesus is who He says He is or He was lying. Then and there, I trusted that He is who says “He is the Savior of all the World”…including me 2,009 years later!
After work one night, (Gina with her “younger than 40 mind” probably remembers this better than me) I shared this with her and read the a Bible Verse from the most famous verse in His Story.. John 3:16…”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever should believe in Him should not die but have eternal life.” (There was no NBA game, no poster and no multi-colored wig, by the way!)
It was dark, rainy, and simple. I read it, she believed it, and we prayed.
The greatest thing that could happen to her did and the VERY purpose God created her for become reality. She passed from death to LIFE.
Over the next years, we hung out a lot and our friendship grew into a “mentorship” or “discipleship” relationship. Basically, this means whatever I was learning spiritually, I passed it on to her. (Kinda like sharing REALLY GOOD CHOCOLATE!) As she grew in her faith, she passed it to others. NOW, 2 decades later, we share this “Divine Chocolate” with everyone we meet! This Spiritual Chocolate sweetens people’s lives, their character , their marriages and their behavior.
Most importantly, it gives them the Divine Destiny. People were destined for all time to be LOVED COMPLETELY and UNCONDITIONALLY , but do they know it?
Now, my friend Gina and I get to live our story every day as we love others, share our story and offer them the Word of God, the Bible.
You know what? Life might just be a box of chocolates.