Tactful Words Win Respect
Recently I was flying to Washington, D.C. The businessman sitting next to me offered me a drink of vodka. In a friendly, natural way I simply said, “No, thank you.” A few minutes later he noticed my Bible and said, “You seem to be a religious person, and I guess you think I’m ugly.” “No,” I responded, “I think you’re a very generous person.” Immediately he was receptive, and I tactfully shared the gospel with him. I could easily have answered, “No, thank you, I’m a Christian.” In all likelihood he would have felt I was putting him down, and the door of opportunity would have been closed. ( George W. Sweeting, Who Said That? p. 418).