The Cream of the Crop!


Written by Danny Bunn,B.A. (Born-Again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ)

Chapter 6
Good news in a sad world

Joe goes to work the next day and he is hyped to put it lightly. When lunch time comes around, he goes to the spot where Clyde always eats. He is sitting there waiting for him to tell him the good news about receiving Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. Clyde comes up a few minutes later and Joe is almost hollering because of the joy that is swelling in him. He says, "Clyde, Guess what?" Before Clyde can open his mouth, Joe says, "I am new inside Clyde, I received Jesus last night and so did Cindy." Clyde did holler. "Praise the Lord! Bless His holy name!" He grabs Joe and hugs him and says, "Brother, it is wonderful to have you in the family of God!" They are both crying tears of joy. Other employees are looking on, wondering what in the world is going on over there. Clyde and Joe sit down and Clyde for the first time prays with Joe over their meal. He even lets Joe pray,

"God, I thank you so much for Clyde. That he was willing to take a stand for you even at his place of work. That he is not ashamed of you and because of it, he shared the truth with me and now I have eternal life. I thank you so very much, Lord. I pray that we will become better and better friends as the time goes on. In the blessed name of Jesus. Amen." Clyde says, "We didn't thank the Lord for the food. Joe says, "Oh I forgot!" "That's all right, Clyde says, "I would like to say a few words anyway." Joe tells Clyde to do it. They bow their heads again and Clyde prays, "God, I thank you for my new brother in the faith and I pray Jesus that we will seek to fulfill your words and love one another as you loved us. The love of Christian brothers and sisters should be a pre-eminent thing, it should stick out like a sore thumb, so to speak, Lord. It seems so many Christians are self-aware more than God aware and they don't want people to think that they are messing around, or homos, or whatever else Satan can come up with to cause us to act towards one another the same way the world acts towards one another. This just shouldn't be and I pray God that we will be God pleasers and not men pleasers. I thank you so much for this wonderful experience that Joe has shared with me and I know that you said that those who believe on you will not be put to shame and I can see that Joe is not ashamed that he knows you. Praise your holy name! Thank you Jesus! Amen!" Joe looks up at Clyde and says, "Clyde we didn't thank the Lord for the food." Clyde starts laughing and Joe joins in and then they both raise their hands towards heaven with lunch sacks in their hands and say, "Thank you, Jesus!"

They have a good time of fellowship as Joe rehearses the previous day to Clyde. Clyde says, "Joe that was about the time that I was praying for you guys." The shouting started then and the employees are shaking their heads wondering what has become of Joe, they know Clyde is fairly strange but is Joe getting religious now. Time will tell. Time doesn't take long to tell them. As they are going out to their cars at the end of the work day, Joe is going around to different cars and offering them a tract. They look at Joe strangely and they take it, wondering what this is about. It says, "Smile, Love is Here!" Why? Did Joe get a new girlfriend or something and this is how he is letting us know it? Why the pamphlet? Why is he saying, "Praise the Lord!"? I guess reading this thing will answer those questions.

Joe is on cloud nine but clouds dissipate and go away, then what? Can faith hold us up?