By H. Leung
(A mini-series on my journey of starting a bible study group at work)
On an unassuming morning, I rode up the escalators with a co-worker that was in my BSF group 10 years ago. We engaged in typical workplace water-cooler small talk which I dread. For some reason, the escalator seemingly climbed slower than normal that morning. We simply couldn’t avoid the conversation about going back to BSF (1). Then we complained about the Bay Area traffic coming into work – and my friend listens to a podcast about apologetics (2) and listens to K-love (3). I notice a Mt. Hermon lanyard around his neck (4) and we go off about our latest experience with our retreats, retreats, and retreats (5). We commiserate into our challenge with balancing technology in our family’s lives which led to the discussion about the book, “The Techwise Family” (6). We discussed how the rat race in the Silicon Valley is driving people out of the Bay Area…yet this place has a plethora of the unreached (7).
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven……there were more. But in a casual conversation that one can have with anyone at work… the hints were all there. So before ending the conversation, I took that extra step and asked a simple question….
Me: “Y’know… Have you ever thought of starting a bible study at work?”
Him: “Y’know… I’ve recently been also thinking about that.”
And there it was…. the first step in our journey of a thousand miles. That first step… was prompted by a simple question. One simple question is all it takes….
Lesson #1: Have you asked YOUR simple question yet?