First Encounters By Megan Crow
Meeting people for the first time is often uncomfortable, don’t you think?
I don’t know your reasons, but I loathe the repetitive and superficial questions that tend to mark first encounters. “What do you do?” is an inevitable question, and one that I have been struggling to answer over the past months.
Does “what I do” really capture who I am? I try to have a ready answer, but on many occasions I’ve blurted out some awkward comment that just about killed the conversation.
Both in life, and in small talk, I am learning to embrace the blank slate that God has offered me during this year of discovery.
- There are many facets to my personality: am I exploring them all?
- I have gifts and abilities: do I put them to use in any arena God calls me to?
- I have weaknesses: can I accept them and continue moving forward?
- Leadership and theology classes inspire me with new knowledge: how do I apply this to my present and future service?
- I have been blessed with resources: am I cultivating an attitude of generosity?
- I have been prayed over and cared for: am I comforting others?
- I have been loved: am I taking risks to love deeply, unconditionally?
The kingdom of God is within us and among us. May each of your hearts be filled to abundance on your own unique journeys.