|Ready, set, LISTEN! Would you|
be willing to meet THIS guy?
My daughter tells me my call to ministry has changed me, a lot. She says, before I went into this vocation (that means it takes up more of your life than a 9 to 5 job ... more secrets revealed) I kept to myself. Now, she states, "You'll talk to anyone!" Sure enough, over Christmas I spent time talking with and helping a homeless man. I was startled when offering to pray for him and we prayed for each other (he was darned good at it by the way) and then he sang some wonderful hymns he had created from Bible verses he had read. A few days ago, I got caught up in a conversation with a restaurant owning, operating couple and discovered how their lives, faith, and work were intertwined. You can learn a lot when you are curious, willing to listen, and not ready to write people off based on what others have told you they are like.
Let 2016 be the year of personal discovery. At the end of the year, send me the best of your experiences in the comments. I'll give the coveted digital NO award to the very best of them. Let the games begin. Let the year of getting to know others personally and without agenda and without fear or anger truly begin! Share this far and wide. Let's make face to face conversation (more listening than speaking ... and no pontificating please) a global phenomenon in 2016!
To discover what I learned from the restaurant owners, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2016/01/filet-of-soul-restaurant-in-downingtown.html
To understand why appreciating the diversity of people all around us (rather than fearing them) is important, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2016/01/power-of-diversity.html