To talk to someone.
It can be crippling to sit alone at a coffee shop, diner or cafe. We as a culture hate to be alone; hiding our faces in a screen in attempts to make others believe that we are “social” when in reality… this can be a lonely and socially isolating place to be. Now, I LOVE Pinterest and being able to see my family via pictures on facebook, do not get me wrong. Unfortunately many people have forgotten to have actual “face time”, especially with a new friend. This is because we so dread to be rejected. This bubble of hiding behind a screen get’s me some days, especially when netflix is so readably available and at my disposal. This should not define us however.
I love this:
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).
Today I sat in a cafe’. All day. Alone.
Given my husband had breakfast with me and left, but to be honest it was so out of my comfort zone I actually felt like I physically grew!
The reason why I love this scripture above is because often we don’t take the time to talk to a stranger because we are afraid of how they will react. We are not called to a spirit of fear though…
I blogged, did homework and talked to many people still getting so much done. Some were christians, one person I had known a long time ago and others just randomly came to talk.
Then I met an older man who sat adjoining me on a table. After an hour I asked him about his business, something he had been having to make the effort to market to others. I decided he needed to be asked about.
Two hour conversations with a stranger about God, the Bible, Jesus, Politics and Conspiracy Theories are the best, especially when you take the time to listen to what someone else believes.
Just by not thinking about myself and my “fear” I made a new friend and got to share what I believe about God with him.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2nd Timothy 1:7).
I feel so challenged to continue being brave and sharing the gospel to others, while also gaining from others differing and challenging ways to see my faith.
The biggest thing I learned today was that we don’t take time to hear God’s voice because we are so afraid of being alone. We are afraid that the God of the universe will reject us if we attempt to know him.
But… Would someone die for you if they wanted to reject you?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
That doesn’t make sense right?
Anyways, I digress.
I have spent too many years doubting my worth and value, fighting to protect myself from rejection by closing myself off to deep relationships.
Go talk to someone, be bold, you are awesome and worth sharing, more so Jesus is worth sharing.