This Doesn't Happen Every Day



Mike quickly noticed the ichthus on Tim's Brindlee Mountain shirt.  

Daily, every employee is invited to attend a ten-minute devotional time.  We hear or watch a short inspirational thought and then pray over the requests or praises we have shared.  That happens every day.

But it is not every day that we have the unexpected pleasure of hearing from one of the truck delivery drivers. Mike came to campus this morning and upon arriving met up with Tim.  Mike quickly noticed the Ichthus on Tim's shirt. (Go to the end of this article to learn more about "Ichthus.")

From there the conversation quickly took a turn. Mike asked, "are you a Christian?" And then the common ground of following Christ was the topic.  A few sentences later Mike asked he could share a song with the employees.  It was then that our devotion time was not most days.

Mike's guitar skills were great and even though he sang in a different language we knew what the song was about.




According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes:

According to one ancient story, when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt. If the stranger drew the other arc, both believers knew they were in good company. Current bumper-sticker and business-card uses of the fish hearken back to this practice.

— Christianity Today, Elesha Coffman, “Ask The Expert”[16]
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