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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Witnessing Thrills

I am just so overcome with a euphoric happiness that I must exude it someplace.
You see, I love witnessing. It is a new high for me.
I marvel at how disgustingly proud I used to be, never venturing into the unknown where there was no guarantee for my sophisticated and wonderful Japanese. I found myself explaining this in Japanese to one of our Active Members the other day. I told her I used to be so proud that I would avoid topics of conversation wherein I didn't think I would be able to express myself with properly cultured and fluent Japanese. And you should've heard me trying to say that. Seriously, that is one hard concept to relay in Japanese. But she understood me, Praise God.
The other day I said stuff like,"When you ask Jesus into your heart, he breaks the chains and sets you free from conventions and your perception of reality, he sets you free to be his friend!" And I amazed myself. Wow, I'm waxing lyrical in Japanese! It's only JESUS!

And I had this conversation with another Active Member the other day. It's slightly humorous. Just slightly.
Me: You get such thrills from serving Jesus!
Her: Why don't you get thrills from living for yourself?
Me: Well I guess Jesus gives you those thrills. You can't give yourself those thrills.
Her: Yes you can thrill yourself, if you're selfish.
Me: But it's never as fun to have him thrill you as it is to thrill yourself!
Her (giggles): Yeah yeah, that's true.
Me (continuing blindly): He knows how to thrill you better than you know how to thrill yourself. Cause he knows you inside better than you know yourself inside.
Her (totally laughing): Yeah yeah yeah!
And I think she was trying to get me to stop.
I seriously think I traversed some completely unintentional route of thought.

But anyway, I've been actually looking forward to going out personal witnessing. Talking with people used to be a trial for me, but it so isn't anymore. Going up to people out of the blue and striking up conversations with them, I was NEVER able to do that, until now.

Thanks.

4 comments:

Blogger aiko said...

Flo, what word did you use in Japanese for "thrill"?
And ...good for you!

10/08/2005 5:15 PM  
Anonymous nina said...

What do u mean, u were never able to go up to ppl & strike up conversations, Flo?? You were always the conversation-initiator when we were witnessing together!

10/08/2005 7:03 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

SURIRU aich!
default to good old katakana language anytime you're in a fix!

ahh nina, yeah but no tekito conversations. just rehearsed lines. i've always been to proud for natural conversation!

10/08/2005 8:13 PM  
Blogger Elaina said...

COMPLIMENT ALERT:
YOu're a top-notch witnesser, and very natural with your Japanese.
Like Fran says, "Every day is getting better."

10/08/2005 11:17 PM  

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