There was my pastor and he was challenging us to use our influence, much like the apostles and the early church did to change the world.
But what influence did I have?
My mind started to track, looking for what I brought to the table in the way of influence.
Well, I’m decent with words. I have a fair share of odd hobbies and interests and friends in a lot of sorta unconventional groups. I know talented people. I thought of talented people and that made me think of my best friend Greg, a guy who knows art and design and image. I thought about our plan to someday pool our talents in some sort of business.
Then I remembered a venture I came up with to do t-shirts targeted at a medieval re-enactment group both Greg and I belonged to and how Greg came up with a wonderful t-shirt design. I copped out on my end of things and, as a result of my inaction, our idea went nowhere.
That got me thinking of the times I wore my one Christian t-shirt to those medieval events, where fringe religions seem to be dominant or at least highly visible. The shirt featured a sword and had a play on words concerning The Lord of the Rings an a tiny, tiny Bible quote that you had to nearly squint to see. I remembered how many folks approached me about the shirt, that they liked it, and much to my shame, they told me they didn’t realize I was a Christian. But it started us talking about our faith. It was a beginning, sometimes with folks I had known for years.
Then I thought, despite a lot of searching since, I could never find another shirt that spoke to me as a guy. I still have that shirt but it’s nearly worn out.
My mind continued to track. Could Greg and I do Christian shirts that guys would like, would wear, and that could start conversations about faith, about God, about the Gospel? Could we make them where God’s word was prominent, not a little aside?
Those were the questions I asked Greg despite having let him down on a hauntingly similar venture. He, much like he always does, asked when we could get started.
So here we are, both of us trying to use our influence in a way that we hope will allow other Christian guys to do the same.
Sometimes conversations are hard to start and a way to break the ice is always welcome.
We hope you agree and this gets you thinking about ways to use your influence. We hope our shirts can help.