WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS?
Do you ever find yourself repeating patterns of conversation topics with your friends? When you’re not listing off complaints about your busy schedule and how little sleep you’re getting, you’re talking about whatever man is in your life at the time.
What we talk about shapes how we feel. Before my relationship developed with the Lord, there were many times when I felt empty after having conversations with my girlfriends. Although I loved my friends, I knew deep down that I was spending far too much time talking about things that weren’t helping me grow into a better version of myself.
Even after my heart transformation, it was not easy to bring up my faith with many of my close friends. I always thought it was awkward to talk about my faith; I felt that if I name-dropped Jesus, everyone would roll their eyes, thinking I was trying to convert them then and there.
What has helped me in these situations has been thinking back to a time when a dear friend of mine was completely open with me about her faith. This friend was so enthusiastic about how God had completely transformed her life. She held nothing back; her devotion and love for the life God had given her excited me, thus catalyzing my faith journey.
“Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:5-6
God places people in our lives for a reason. It’s up to us to love them the way that He loves us: unconditionally. If you’re nervous about bringing up your faith with your friends, ask God to show you little opportunities where you can mention Him. Many times I have shared my faith by talking about how God has helped me through difficult situations. You can be self-deprecating, admitting that you would be nowhere without God’s help.
Bringing up God doesn’t have to be awkward. The more confident you are when you talk about all He’s done for you, the higher the possibility will be for you to pique someone’s interest. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to spread the love. Jesus is too good not to share.
When you do get to that place of being open and honest about your faith with your friends, you will be amazed by how much deeper those relationships will grow. Take time to ask God to point out who in your life could use a reminder of His grace and love. It alls starts with #babysteps.