Francis Shaeffer, channelling the heart of this summer’s Young Adults studies:
A number of years ago I was at a discussion group in Detroit. An older pastor was there. We discussed many intellectual and cultural problems and the answers given by Christianity. One would have called the discussion “intellectual” rather than devotional. As he was leaving, the pastor shook my hand and thanked me. If he had said, “Thank you for helping me to defend my people better,” or “Thank you for helping me be a better evangelist,” I would have been very glad that what I had said had been helpful, and then possibly I would not have given it another thought.
But what he actually said was, “Thank you for opening these doors to me, now I can worship God better.”
I will never forget him because he was a man who really understood.
If this is not our own response first of all, and then the response of those whom we try to help, we have made a mistake somewhere.
–from The God Who is There