Tracts: their not just for grown-ups anymore! If you are a true, obedient believer in Christ you will take your responsibility for sharing the Gospel Biblically and frequently very seriously. But, it's not just for the adults in the house. We have involved the kids and taught them that when they visit the restroom at a restaurant or a store, it's not all about them. They're on more than one mission! LOL! It's a great place to put tracts! This is one of the first places that even a beginner (adult or child) can be successful and obedient spreading the Gospel. I'm convinced there will be at least one person in heaven simply because they read a tract found in the restroom.
Don't discount the effectiveness of a tract. Even Charles Spurgeon (from 150 years ago) believed they were effective when he said, "When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready . . . Get good striking tracts, or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. Therefore, do not go out without your tracts."
Our oldest son joined me at a football game back in October for an occasion to share the Gospel. It was the first time he'd been on a fishing trip with me. Here is a link to the story http://chipperfisher.blogspot.com/2008/10/fishing-at-game.html. Since then, he is diligent about leaving Million Dollar Bills whenever we're out. But, he has desired more opportunities to share the Gospel more directly.
Yesterday, our family went out to eat. He said, "Mom, I want to share a Gospel tract with our waiter. Will you back me up?" I knew exactly what he meant. I had told him that anytime he wanted to share the Gospel, let me know. He can start and I'll take over if he gets stuck or where he leaves off.
As our waiter was giving us the check, our son held up the pink and blue curved illusion tract and asked him which one looks longer. (In the picture it looks like the left one is longer but remember that when someone is standing in front of you and you are showing them the one on their right will look longer.) The waiter stopped and said the one on the right did. He switched the cards in his hand and asked which looked longer now. Now the waiter was perplexed because the one on the waiter's right still looked longer! He asked, "How did it do that?"
Without missing a beat, he stacked the pink on top of the blue proving that they were actually the exact same size and said, "It's an optical illusion. Just like our eyes can deceive us and play tricks, sometimes our heart can too. It's a Gospel tract." He nudged me and that was my cue.
I told the waiter, "It has a Gospel message on the back. To answer your question about how it does this, it is because of the curvature of the card. There are so many times we've seen a magician and were sure what we saw was real but it was only an illusion. Likewise, there are things that we believe to be true that may not be true." I reiterated again that it was a Gospel message and that he should read it and seriously consider the message and examine himself based on what was on the back. He said he would read it and was going to take it back and trick the chef. He thought it was great.
It was absolutely packed in the restaurant yesterday- be mindful of that. Don't get into some deep discussion which penalizes other customers and causes him or her to do a poor job. If you do yammer on and on, you have overestimated your importance. The tract and the Holy Spirit will do the job.
Probably most importantly, DO NOT LEAVE JUST A TRACT AND NO TIP! In fact, I would encourage you to tip generously. It is my opinion to leave just a tract and no tip is tacky. Christians already have to overcome so many other streotypes. Don't add to it. Some people are working to support their family and with finances being tight with many in our nation, the last thing you want to do is to leave a bad taste in someone's mouth that may taint their view of Christ and tip the scales in favor of the world. A tract never fed someone's family.
Also, try not to let circumstances such as busy restaurants deter you. You can share some tracts in 30 seconds or less and at the very least you can leave a Million Dollar Bill. After I had paid the bill, I also left the tract "Something to think about" with the payment and nice tip.
Click on the tracts link in the right hand column labeled "Resource Links" on this page. You will be taken to a page with links to tracts. The tracts used in the above encounter were purchased from Living Waters. Buy some tracts. Keep them onhand and hand them out everywhere you go. Before and after, pray for those who received the tracts that they take seriously what they've just read.