The Life of a Forest Guard

This was originally published as a Facebook note on July 17, 2009.

On the way home from the Gathering (THE Ted Dekker fan event of the year), I gave a card for Green (if you don’t know what that is, please see my last note) to the attendant who parked our rental car at the airport. I was with Silvie and her mom, and her mom said, “You must be so good at witnessing.” It struck me because I know I’m not. It’s so easy for me to hand out cards and talk about my favorite author, but way harder for me to talk about God. Admittedly, there are reasons for this. Not only is the right opportunity so rare, but the topic is so much more sensitive than “check out this thriller novel.” But still…shouldn’t I seek out the opportunity? This is, after all, ETERNITY we’re talking about. It’s only JESUS.

A few months ago, I did hit the streets with a ministry team from my church. We had several excellent conversations, and that night in church I was praising God for the opportunities we’d had. It was so much FUN to seize the moment for Kingdom purposes! And in that moment I’m almost positive I heard God say, “THIS is the life of a Forest Guard.” I knew exactly what he was referring to. A year or so ago I had recommended Ted Dekker to several people in the dentist office when I was there for a cleaning, and that night I wrote in my journal, “This is the life of a Forest Guard!”

But really…being a Forest Guard isn’t about promoting books. I feel like the title and the points and the prizes are really all just reminders that we already ARE on a mission. The prize isn’t a trip to Austin, TX to have lunch with a bestselling author. The prize is a resounding “Well done” and a host of people behind you, because of you.

We have something for more worthy to promote than the novel of the decade (which Green may very well be *wink*). We have the Author of Life to represent.

THAT is the life of a Forest Guard.

2 Corinthians 5:20 — We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.

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