As I have shared over the years, prior to the 23 Minutes in Hell experience, I had been a real estate agent for 35 years. During my career, the Lord presented many opportunities to develop my character and observe what was in my heart. Looking back now, I can see that the Lord used this time as a sort of training ground for the ministry He would later entrust me with. As Luke 16:10 states, ‘Who ever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Oftentimes, it’s not what we say to people so much as what we do and how we treat them.
There was a certain elderly woman who would call me every week for a period of seven years. She would ask me to help her with whatever problems she had in her home, such as plumbing, appliances needing repair and so forth. She resided in the neighborhood in which I lived and worked. Once a week I would stop by and help her. She was a licensed real estate agent and worked for a competing company in the neighborhood I sold homes in. I think she was just lonely, as her husband had died several years earlier. One day she called me and said she wanted me to list her home for sale. I asked, “Why would you list it with me when you are in the business?” She replied, “Because you have done so much for me these seven years. I believe you would be a hard worker and do a better job than myself.” I went over to her home and listed the house. During that time, she asked me why I never pushed my “religion,” as she called it, on her. She knew I was a Christian, and she was completely opposed to it. I explained to her that I understood she was against the Bible and that I would never push my beliefs on anyone, that God is a gentleman. You see, if someone is interested in God, then they need to ask about Him themselves sometimes. We have to be sensitive and know when to share with them and when to refrain. Well, my silence spoke volumes, and my consistent display of love left her hungry to know more. I then shared with her God’s plan of salvation. She ended up accepting the Lord Jesus as her Lord and Savior. I sold her home and it ended well. The Bible says, “Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8, NKJV). Our actions do speak louder than words.
This is just one of many stories Bill shares in his book, Recession Proof Living. The book is filled with true stories of every day miracles.
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell