I spoke to a friend the other day. We haven’t talked in a long time. It was good to catch-up; to share some memories.
After catching up, my friend admitted she wanted to talk to me about spiritual things.
We spent the next hour talking about God. She wanted to know my story. I told her my story of how Jesus got hold of my life and how I learned about grace and how it changed everything. It’s a crazy story but it’s mine. I am good with it.
I did my best to answer her questions about Jesus and what His life means for all of us.
It was a powerful conversation. I sensed the presence of God in it. At the end of our call she said I’d helped her…that I’d given her some thing to think about.
I really admired my friends courage. She took a risk to reach out to me; took a risk to have a spiritual conversation with me.
I think most people want to have spiritual conversations: Is there a God? Does he care about my life? Are things like love, justice and beauty absolute truths of the universe? Who is Jesus…should I even care? What’s my purpose? Where am I going?
The culture works hard to suppress these kinds of conversations. No, there’s no formal persecution, at least in the Western context. (There is in other parts of the world.)
Yet, the culture overwhelmingly works to keep this conversation to our private lives. (Never talk about politics nor religion…right.) It’s dangerous and leaves many people isolated and alone as they wrestle with these great questions.
We shouldn’t be afraid to have spiritual conversations. There’s nothing to fear. So when someone I know steps out and wants to have them, well, it’s kind of cool.
I know there are a host of you out there who long to have the kinds of spiritual conversations my friend and I had. Go ahead, find some to talk to. Ask the important questions.
All it takes is a little courage to have them.
What conversations do you need to start having? With whom? When?
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