Conversations Can Happen
By now, you have most likely heard that we, at UCUMC, are “looking around” to identify friends, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students, and family who do not know Jesus Christ and His light. I want to share about an experience I recently had when talking with the Mom of a child from my son’s class.
It all started with a simple Saturday play date for the boys which turned into a sleepover at our house. The sleepover, being on a Saturday night, meant we had to discuss our Sunday morning church plans. As the other Mom and I worked out details for Sunday morning on the phone, the conversation took a turn to the subject of faith. She shared that her son was only a sporadic church attendee and, when he did go, he went only with his Dad and siblings. She went on to share that she doesn’t attend church at all and considers herself unclear on where she stands on the Christian faith. But, she was willing for her son to attend church with us, which I was excited about. Before I knew it, we were discussing our growing up in church (similar backgrounds) and what we’ve each done as adults, with her path being one of drifting away from faith. She was confused on what to believe and was concerned about being judged by churches if she were to return to church to explore the Christian faith further. She does not share her husband’s strong faith and has learned to live with it, although admitted it was not optimal.
I know God was in the midst of this conversation because we had a very real and open discussion. We discussed what type of place of worship she might be comfortable with trying since that was on her mind. I felt as if God allowed me the opportunity to plant some seeds, including inviting her to UCUMC. I don’t know if she’ll come to our church, attend her husband’s church, or start somewhere else altogether but, at the very least, we had a conversation about it. She knows that I am willing to talk with her and be open to her questions. I am praying for her and for a chance to talk again soon. I believe God will provide that avenue and is also preparing her heart for when we do talk.
I would encourage you to keep looking out for those times when God is prompting you to share your experiences in your faith journey. I certainly didn’t plan out what I would say to this Mom…it just happened when I least expected it. Be authentic and open to others who are truly seeking to understand how you’ve handled life’s challenges and events. It is important that we allow them to see that God is a priority in our life and that He is the reason for our joy, for our “light”. It is a process when building relationships with people and it will take time and dedicated prayer.
Remember this – If I can have a faith conversation “on the fly”, then I know you can too!