There’s a story about a New York City policeman who was investigating a case. He mis-dialed a number by mistake, he knew he mis-dialed but not wanting to be rude he waited for the person to answer and was going to apologize. The person answered without a hello, saying, You’ve got the wrong number! Mystified the policeman hit redial. This time he heard, I said you got the wrong number!, click. The policeman knew he had mis-dialed but how did the person know that. So he hit redial for a third time and heard, Hey c’mon, is this you again. The policeman answered, Yea, it’s me. I was wondering how you knew I had the wrong number before I even said anything? The man gruffly said, You figure it out. Click.
Once more he hit redial. The voice, Did you figure it out? The policeman said, Yes. It’s because no one ever calls you, right? You got it – click.
Once more he hit redial. The voice, What now? Policeman: Well, if no one ever calls you, I thought maybe I should!
Have you ever known someone who was a grump? Have you ever known someone who was rude? Have you ever known someone who was LONELY? Maybe their gruff behavior was because no one ever called… never said hello… Maybe it was a cry for help, wanting to be bothered?
As you reach out to others with the gospel… don’t be afraid to use REDIAL. It may take 5… 6… 100 redials, but keep reaching out.