Evangelistic Opportunities In Disguise (or How I Almost Put Apple Out Of Business)

apple genius barI’ve been having laptop problems all week.

I was told by my worship pastor that my new MAC laptop would be 100,000,000 times better than my PC because it would “Never have problems.”

MAC’s, I was told, could withstand every attack the dark side could proffer:

  • Cat videos on YouTube
  • Country music in iTunes
  • My mom’s 6,234 email forwards (“This is funny…read this…”)

Alas, I was sold a bill of goods. My MAC crashed this week. Twice.

To say I was ticked, frustrated, etc., is an understatement. So off I headed in a fit of rage to my local Apple store to get it fixed.

Once in line I began rehearsing my 5 point speech for the manager:

  1. Hey idiot, I went from PC to MAC to prevent these problems.
  2. Snarky comment about how “All these un-showered hipsters standing around in blue shirts doing nothing remind me of a state highway construction crew.”
  3. I read Steve Jobs’ insufferable 1,934 page biography, which should count for something, ANYTHING.
  4. Demand a replacement for the lemon I was given.
  5. End with a threat – I have 3014 Twitter followers, and JUST ONE TWEET to my coalition of 3 pastors and 3011 online get-rich-quick experts posing as real people, and we’ll bring your stupid company to a grinding halt!

I was ready for ‘em.

But, to his loss, Sean, the manager, never heard my riveting speech.

I was only able to get out the words, “I’m having problems,” before he grabbed two techs who patiently worked on my laptop for over an hour, ultimately fixing my problem.

No, I never got to express my pent-up frustration.

But I did get to talk to one of the techs about what’s going on in his life for over an hour, how God fits into that, and then invite him to visit CCV this weekend.

Which, I realized later, was probably the reason my laptop malfunctioned in the first place.

And which, when you think about it, is probably a good explanation for why we go through most of the lousy things we experience in life.

It’s probably a good practice to remind ourselves that for every computer problem in our life there’s a tech somewhere that needs to hear the gospel.

Ever noticed that in your life?

Brian loves helping Christians live thoughtful, courageous lives. He's a popular blogger, author, and pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alabaster.a Alabaster A

    in this case, I must know a LOT of people needing Jesus. : )

  • Echoing Praise

    Thanks for this great article! Even our frustrations can ‘work together for good’ – if we allow them to & don’t let anger get in the way! Blessings, Misty & Kristy http://www.echoingpraise.com

  • Brian

    Brian–I think this story might be why you hated the Bible miniseries so much. The hype of “greatest evangelistic opportunity”, every time Dan Brown releases a book or a movie is produced, distracts us from actually meeting people where they really are and helping them take on step.

  • Steve Silver

    How about for every problem, every frustration I face and every speech I rehearse, in the end I am reminded that God is working in the midst of it for my good, others just get the benefits of the result. “All things work together for the good of those who love God and walk according to his purposes

  • http://twitter.com/reojames Aaron Lindsey

    Ha! Only God could make a Mac crash! I love it! As good as your planned rant was, I’m glad you didn’t get to use it….

  • Melissa

    How about, “for every gray hair that needs to be covered there’s a stylist somewhere who needs to hear the gospel.” Or at least, that was my experience yesterday.

    • http://www.BrianJones.com/ Brian Jones

      Even better :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.cerniglia Benjamin Cerniglia

    This is awesome Brian. I’m happy to hear that your seeming misfortune could become this person’s ultimate hope. Keep preaching the truth like a boss!

  • Kim Gasaway

    If we could somehow get the masses who follow Jesus to do the same. The world is waiting for us to come up alongside them. Great story!

  • http://www.facebook.com/urbansaj Scott Jewell

    Be ready in season and out of season…I think the out of season is the times when we’re frustrated, how we handle it is noticed by the techs in our life. God bless.

    • http://www.BrianJones.com/ Brian Jones

      Well said…

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Make the most of every opportunity…

  • Matt

    From one who typically provides the tech support, I like to think of it in a different way, “For every computer problem…there’s a user somewhere that needs to hear the gospel.”

  • Bill Baumgardner

    So did you get a new lap top? Ha! If we followers of Christ would just engage the world we would find many who need an ear to listen to them. That is the first step on the journey of evangelism.

    • http://www.BrianJones.com/ Brian Jones

      Nope. No new laptop. Not unless it happens again :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/timeogle Tim Ogle


    • http://www.BrianJones.com/ Brian Jones

      No swearing on this blog Ogle :).