I walked out of the gym this morning and noticed a woman holding the door waiting for me to come after her. I stepped up my pace and thanked her as I walked through. She said, “It’s good for a lady to be a gentleman every once in a while. That way, if I’m reincarnated as a male, I’ll be practiced.”
I laughed with her and didn’t say anything. My immediate thought was, “keep your mouth shut, Emily, just walk to your car – this lady is crazy. Plus, you’ll probably offend her with your views anyway.”
We were parked near each other and she just kept talking to me until I reached my car. I said good day and got out of the rain. Then it hit me: how come she can talk so openly about her beliefs with no care in the world if it’s offensive to me, but I stay silent about the actual truth? Why should I feel bad saying, “It’s a good thing I don’t believe in reincarnation then!” or even “Jesus saved me from having to put my hope into coming back as something/someone else! Cause I would lose it if I came back as a man!” Not to mention, if I’m working in saving myself for marriage, there’s no way I’m going through this waiting thing again!
It just hit me like a ton of bricks that she could be so open about her beliefs and I couldn’t. I was ashamed of myself. But the Lord made His point – I have some work to do. Our city is spiritually poor and I need to be ready at any moment to be a witness for the Lord.