Saturday, October 25, 2008

A tale of sweatshirts and songs. Or how God can use anything!

I had to work today, and being a Saturday that started cold and damp added to the fact that I was the only staff person on duty, I chose to wear a sweatshirt. I am also wearing cute tan cords if you want all the details. Anyway, the sweatshirt in question is a big huge hoodie that has song lyrics printed on the front. Song lyrics that say the name Jesus. So what? you ask. I debated this morning whether to actually wear it or not. The old religion in the workplace drama. In the end, I decided that if I have to listen to endless liberal political crap, then why can't I wear my sweatshirt. And I am glad I did.

No, not because it was freezing this morning.

But because it started a conversation with a patron who sometimes can be annoying. She is a grad student who is working on her thesis (a musical score) and boy can she talk your ear off. I found out she goes to a Bible believing, Jesus saves kinda church and does not think Southern Baptists are a cult. But it gets better. My student worker came back to the circ desk and heard us talking about religion and joined in. Turns out he is a Christian but has been overwhelmed by how live out his faith in a semi hostile environment away from home. Plus the idea of being shunned by your peers for being a "goody-goody" and not knowing how to approach talking about Jesus with people in a culture where believing in God is looked down on. Don't think college campuses are like that? Have you seen the documentary Expelled? Go see it. Now. I am going to rent it sometime soon, maybe I will have a viewing party. But back to my story. They proceded to talk for almost an hour (40 mins of which were after his shift was over) about being a Christian on campus and she gave him some good resources including the location of the Campus Crusade building which I didn't even know we had.

I piped in now and again in the course of the conversation, however, I let her do most of the talking. Why? Because she is his peer and I am his boss. And she was doing a darn good job of it.
I have a new found appreciation for her and probably a bit more patience too. I will also be praying for my student. By the way, she at one point said "I'm not surprised" regarding finding out I am a Christian. Good to know I am giving off the right vibe so to speak.

"Bring me joy bring me peace, bring the chance to be free, bring me anything that brings you glory. Jesus bring the rain." That's what my sweatshirt says. Mercy Me rocks! But God reigns!


Keli said...

Well, Laina Lou, what a wonderful story! And good for you for choosing to wear your sweatshirt! That's a wonderful song! xo~Keli

Becky :) said...

What a great story. I'm glad you wore the sweatshirt too, don't you just love that you started all of that just by wearing it. Imagine what we could all do if we all just spoke a little more about God. Me included. :-)

Mishel said...

Isn't it wonderful to "live out loud"! God is truly blessed in those moments when we step outside of what is considered "acceptable" in this world and do what He deems as acceptable in His! Love the new layout for your blog.