My dad is a very social person. He will talk to anybody. He recently came and spent a few days with us. We walked into a local seafood restaurant. As the hostess sat me down I notice my dad had not followed me. He stopped to speak to an older gentleman in the lobby. My dad was full of information when he finally made his way to the booth. The man was 90 years old and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
I’ve never had much to say to people in public: the waitress at a restaurant, the check out clerk at Walmart. Over the years I’ve been more like my mom (sadly she passed away recently). She was more the quiet, stay at home type.
As I’ve shared with our Freedom Family last Sunday I’m not a State Farm type of neighbor. You know! LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR STATE FARM IS THERE! I’ve been more the type of keep my head down (you’ll understand that statement later) and not carry on a conversation with anyone. In fact, when my dad visits he finds out all about my neighbors in one day than the 25 years I’ve lived there.
Over the past four years God has done a work in my heart. What he has done is a blog post for another day.
Anyway, I’ve stepped out and started having conversations with people. To be honest I actually enjoy it. People like to talk about their favorite subject – themselves. I’ve come to enjoy hearing their stories. Like the young man at the Apple Store. He and his mom moved to Greenwood from up north after the divorce of his parents. He recently moved to Greenville to work with Apple, but made sure that he told me his goal was to move to California. He felt like this area of the country was stuck in rut. I got all that information in five minutes.
I’ve recently started walking in my neighborhood. I love to walk and pray. The other day I stopped to talk to someone down the street who was with his grandson. Since I was walking he invited me to join a hiking club. They would get together and hike on Monday, Wednesday and SUNDAY! How easy was that? Shouldn’t it be just as easy to invite others into our world?
I believe that God is looking for people to quit walking around with their head down. He wants us to train our eyes to look for opportunities. He wants us to be willing witnesses.
I recently heard someone share something that reminded me of my journey. I’d like to share it with you and hope you will take time to listen to it. Just maybe we will have more Christians walking around with their heads up and grow to be STATE FARM type of neighbor!