God has been working overtime in my life, and I can only assume that He is tying up the loose ends of my evangelistic ministry.
Another motorcycle-riding dude has come into my sphere of influence. While getting gasoline at my local 7/11, I couldn’t help but notice that the motorcycle parked in front of the store had a taillight that was broken and hanging dangerously near the back wheel.
I got into the line of customers waiting their turn. One young man with a backpack was waiting in line in front of me. He looked like a hard-riding hombre with tats all up and down both of his arms and a scowl on his face. Although he didn’t have a helmet on his head or on his bike, I could tell this was the man. I casually asked the guy, “Is that your bike out front?” He answered yes.
“I couldn’t help but see that your broken taillight was hanging near the back wheel.”
“Yea, it broke off while I was doing a wheely, and there’s no way to fix it.”
The line began moving forward, and it occurred to me that it could be fixed temporarily with zip ties.
Remembering that I had a small bundle of them in the toolbox in my pickup, I asked, “Maybe with a zip tie, you could make a temporary repair.”
“Yea, but where would I get one?”
“I’ve got some in my toolbox. I’m at pump number 6 in the red pickup truck; I’ll give you one.”
While I walked back to get a zip tie, the hombre made his way over to my truck. I had plenty in my toolbox that would probably never be used, so I grabbed four of them and went over to him. “Here you go; I’ve got plenty.”
I turned to the truck and began pumping gas when the thought came to me to give him my card (the one with Rapture Ready and Drop Zone Delta and my web page on it.) So I walked back over to him and said, “I believe this was a divine intervention by God so I could warn you that we are living in the last days. The young man answered, “Man, it sure looks like it.”
“God wants you to make ready. Let me give you my card.”
“Oh, man, thank you; thank you so much for everything.”
“Give thanks to God, amigo.”
So, you can see how easy it is to approach strangers; even menacing-looking people need Christ.
On another NOTE:
Like I said, God has been working overtime in my life lately in other ways as well. Finally, after many years of adventure and evangelism, my manuscript may actually come to fruition. I’ve designed the dust cover myself and love the way it looks. I’ve had the manuscript proofread three times, all with positive results.
The book will talk about the many miracles I experienced during the time I worked as a character actor and an evangelist to boot in the film industry. In it, I will tell stories about the many stars I worked with as well.
Believing that my 250-page bio will be an enormous hit, I’ve already started writing the sequel as I continue on the same course and will till the day I die.
As most of you know, I’ve been in the movie business for most of my life, and that is what the book is about. Normally, movie people are all too often self-absorbed – just like the general population – but with all the publicity they receive, they appear to be dreadful sinners; but aren’t we all? We just can’t help it – we’re all too human. “There’s none righteous – no not one” (Romans 3:10). “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But God “has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
Also, I will be appearing in a short video produced professionally by our church for Christmas. In it, I portray Melchior, the Persian Magi, one of the three wise men who found Jesus lying in the manger in Bethlehem. It will be shown sometime during the Christmas season at our huge church, live-streaming at https://fpcbonita.org on Sunday.
As if that weren’t enough, today I was invited to sing some Broadway show tunes by representatives of a major country club here in Naples. Professional musicians will be brought in from New York to accompany the singers for this high-brow event coming up in March…. WHEW! “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
I’ll probably do something from “Man of La Mancha,” “Das Fledermaus,” and for certain, “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on The Roof.” I am already rehearsing at home but will continue singing in my pickup truck so as not to bother others.
Luckily, I was trained and have sung on stage before to huge crowds, so this gig is no biggie, and I’ll just have fun.
With so many ups and downs in my life (that I write about in my book,) maybe I can go out with a bang after all. Money and fame have never meant much to me. My relationship with God is much more important.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). God forbid.
I want to thank my readers over the years who have stuck by me through thick and thin and have sent heartwarming letters in appreciation of my work.
God Bless you all, and Merry Christmas.