Meeting new people can be hard. It’s hard to go up to someone we’ve never met, especially when it’s not a situation in which we’re invited to do so, and strike up a conversation. Especially if we don’t know anything about the other person. I mean, how are we supposed to talk to them if we don’t have anything in common?
My dad doesn’t seem to share my struggles. While I’m introverted and shy, he’s extroverted and outgoing. He loves meeting new people. In fact, we can’t go anywhere, it seems, without him talking to someone we run into along the way.
Frequently, my dad urges me to break out of my shell, to meet new people. He believes that there would be fewer problems in the world today if everyone would just talk to each other and be friendly. Who cares if they’re complete strangers?
It’s certainly an odd quality to have—boisterous friendliness with those we’ve never met before—but I think my dad has a good point.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone treated each other as friends?
When I think about this, I think about Jesus. He was so open and so inviting to everyone, from fishermen to tax collectors and everyone else, that he had crowds swarming him everywhere.
Everyone noticed something different about Jesus, and they all clamored to get a taste of it.
And when they clamored toward him, he was then able to reveal to them truths about God’s kingdom. Isn’t that awesome?
As Christians, we are called to be stewards of God’s kingdom, meaning that we are called to represent and share His kingdom to the ends of the earth. One way in which we can do this is by reaching out of our comfort zones and striking up conversations with even the most random strangers.
After all, we never know which conversations might lead to an opportunity to talk about Jesus!
Kayla Johansen – Column: Road Less Traveled