Yesterday, Neal and I enjoyed a great conversation with a 95-year-old man. In the course of our brief time together, he said things like:
- I celebrate our relationship.
- A Scripture I read the other day reminded me…
- In Romans 12…
- Have you seen this great article in the Gospel Advocate?
- Let’s sing a couple of songs.
- May we pray together?
Anyone who knows this man knows that his speech is often seasoned with spiritual substance. Sprinkled throughout talk of the Rockies, our boys, and his grandchildren, this sterling gentleman naturally referenced God’s Word, the Lord’s church, and the beauty of Heaven. We did sing together, just the three of us. “Angels are Singing” and “Be with me, Lord” never sounded so sweet!
I keep thinking back over that conversation. It was so REAL because it was filled with eternal matters. I’ve known and admired this man for over eight years, but I was still caught off guard a couple of times by his seemingly unorthodox requests. “Let’s sing a couple of songs.” What, right now? “I’d like for you to read these two paragraphs I found about Ephesians One.” If we’re reading, no one is talking. But the silence was only mildly uncomfortable at first. Then it seemed natural and right and beneficial.
I’m grateful for the example of how to have a real conversation. Too often I get caught up in going through the polite motions, saying what’s expected, or neglecting opportunities to encourage. I loved the multiple references to God’s Word and I was especially drawn to how naturally they flowed from this Christian man’s lips. I saw him as a real man who knows how to talk about real things.
Neal and I left smiling and refreshed. One conversation did that for us because of its substance. I’ve been thinking back over the interactions I’ve had this week and I’m challenged to engage in more REAL (face to face) conversations with my husband, my children, my church family, close friends, and with my neighbors.
For those who live according to the flesh
set their minds on the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the Spirit,
the things of the Spirit.
Prayer for Today: Help me, Lord, to have a mind so set on You that my words more often mirror Yours.
*This post can also be found at http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2014/08/wise-woman-linkup_13.html.