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3 Ways to Open the Door to Conversation

3 Ways to Open the Door to Conversation


By: yesHeis

Let’s be honest, we’ve all had that awkward moment… You feel a really witty comment jump out of your mouth, you expect it to fly through the air to the sound of laughter, instead, it crashes and burns in silence. It didn’t hit the comedic mark…

It is highly likely that one or more of these elements of communication wasn’t quite right:

  • Content — relevant themes or language
  • Context — the relationship between people, place or knowledge
  • Timing — connection to the mood or conversation flow

We all have a natural desire to feel understood, and if we want to introduce people to Jesus without the ‘crash and burn’ sensation, then it’s worthwhile paying attention to these three elements in our conversations.

Research by UCLA suggests that “feeling understood makes individuals feel valued, respected and validated”, which can lead to more positive social interactions and relationships. What better way to talk about faith than through this filter of understanding?

“…I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized — whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ — but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life…” — 1 Corinthians 9:19–23

Article supplied with thanks to The Journey by yesHEis.

About the Author: yesHEis provides various resources to help share your faith in relatable ways.