In which a gospel elevator pitch is born

by Craig on October 14, 2011

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Continuing what I wish I would have said to the person whose feet dangle oh so near the kingdom of God…

This is part four, part three is here, and two is here, and here’s how it began.

Part of me is sad because maybe I missed an opportunity to nudge that person into the kingdom.
The bigger part understands that it’s God who draws his children near.

And I realize more intensely that I need to be ready…
to present an accurate gospel…
not just the “pray the salvation prayer” gospel…
where exactly is that in the Bible anyway?

It’s not the prayer.
It’s the person.
It’s the God.

Believe. Then. Love….
the Gospel reduced in size…
but magnified in simplicity.

Anyway…

Should a book publisher ask me today to give him or her a pitch for my storybook, “Froofy Was Scared”…or either one of my two full book proposals…

I could recite a powerful 3o second, 1 minute, or 3 minute “elevator pitch”.

They’d know the story, why the story’s so good, and why they should publish my darned book!

Oh, and I’d ask them to do so too.

But I don’t have an “elevator pitch” for the most important thing.

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And I’m just now filling in blanks…

How silly is that?

So I’m working on it – and it’s cooking slow and simmer-y…
and so far it’s this…

•    Count the cost of living your life with your heart facing God. You will no longer be Lord of your own life, but a steward of your life, and God – the Lord of it.
•    Believe that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paid the price for all of your sins.
•    Accept his sacrifice, acknowledge your sin, ask for forgiveness – and accept the gift.
•    Then begin a life long process of growing ever nearer to the One who created you, who saves you, and loves you deeper than you can ever know – proper diet, rest, exercise, and socialization. That’s the life that will bring you close and keep you close.

And how in the world could I leave you this mysterious recipe for a life with Our Lord…

proper diet, rest, exercise, and socialization…

really?

I should really expound on that a bit. No?

I’d do it today…

but you have other things on your list to start crossing off…

and I don’t want to take up all your time…

and I strongly suspect that I’ll be around, next time…

to begin filling in the details…

of diet, rest, exercise, and socialization…

please come back.

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Susan@ThoughtfulSpot October 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

why does this mysterious recipe . . .diet, rest, exercise, and socializing. . .make sense to me when I don’t really know why? . . .will be back 😉

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Craig October 15, 2011 at 8:24 am

it’s really simple Susan – and stuff that you no doubt already know I’m sure – by way of analogy it’s pretty easy to uncover. But simple – can be profound. Anyway, thank you very much as always – and God bless you!

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Martha Orlando October 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

You know I will be back! :)
Adore the “elevator pitch” for the gospel – true, true, true, and in a nutshell. Beautifully expressed as always, Craig!
Diet, rest, etc. – You have me intrigued . . . :)

Blessings!

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Craig October 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

honestly, Martha I was little worried about mixed message – one that says get to know the person a little – the other says – here’s the elevator pitch. But even with an elevator pitch – it’s best to know the needs of the other person – if it’s a company – it’s best to know what they publish for instance. Anyway, think you, I heart how nice you are to me. God bless you.

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Layla Payton October 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Dear Mr. Analogy,

I cannot wait to hear about the diet, rest, and exercise plan.

Your sis,
Layla

P.S. And I realize more intensely that I need to be ready…
to present an accurate gospel…
not just the “pray the salvation prayer” gospel…
where exactly is that in the Bible anyway?

It’s not the prayer.
It’s the person.
It’s the God.

AWESOME!!!

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Craig October 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

Dear Ms. Sarcastic. ツ

that is all ツ Sleepy – groogy – a little sick – so – that is all ツ

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Craig October 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

ummm – that would be groggy – not groogy – see – told you – all sorts of brain fuzz yesterday ant today. God bless!!!

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Debbie October 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

Corry about the sick, foggy and groggy . . .things you deal with more than we know. Praying. And, excited about coming back and reading more. Because I want to be ready too.
Once, I took a copywriting course, at home. Thought it might be something that I could do from home while still taking care of my daughter. Near the end, I realized (duh!) that it would still take TIME and I didn’t pursue it. But during that time, I began writing a letter of sorts, born of what I was learning, and started sending it out to people starting with A in the phone book. I stopped after awhile and am not sure it was the best idea. So I’m ready to find out yours!
God bless you and rest in you holy today.

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Debbie October 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

And that would be sorry, not corry. ay-yi-yi. Now who’s groogy?

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