Picture this scenario: you’re in a doctor’s office, airport, bus stop, or some other place where you have to wait. You see the person sitting close to you and think, “I should share the gospel with this person.” You turn to them, open your mouth, and then you hear it….silence. You freeze and can’t think of what to say. We’ve all been there before, playing the star role with no lines to speak of (see what I did there?) We want to share the good news, but we also don’t want to send the running and screaming at the freak, right?
I have to confess that I have a very hard time with this. I’m an introvert by nature and I don’t really like speaking to complete strangers. It’s just plain uncomfortable. And you can try to psych yourself up and “just get over it” but there’s a better approach. Here’s what I’ve found has helped me in starting conversations.
1) Change your mindset to realize that it’s not about you.
It’s simply not. Sharing good news is all about their welfare, their eternal destination, their life. When we take the spotlight off of us and onto our conversation partner this gets us in the right line of thinking. Once you do this it will help you do the following step
2) Talk about them.
It’s a fact that people love to talk about themselves. So be curious. Find out who they are, where they come from, and why they are there. People like to talk about 3 main areas:
3) Look for God in the conversation.
All things can lead to God. For example they may be a college student or taking extra classes. Odds are they’re probably taking a course that involves thinking of spiritual things. Then you can ask them “So what do you think about God?” This is going to take some practice, but don’t worry. It will get easier the more you do it. I would suggest practicing with a friend, or even with yourself. Think, “What would I say if someone asked me these questions?”