I remember back in California, after I dedicated my life to Christ, having a conversation with an old friend. I was telling her about all my new and exciting Christian experiences and all the work God was doing in my life. I think I lost her when I started to preach to her about “her life” when all we were supposed to be doing was catching-up over a burger. I was on, what I later called, a “Holy High.”
I reflected about this one day when I was walking through the greenest park that I had ever seen. I remember thinking how I was excited about what was happening in my life but I knew I was quickly becoming unrelatable, and often times overly annoying to people. I was turning into the pushy Christian I always despised growing up. It took me quite a while to snap out of it, but I finally did. I never lost my zeal for sharing the word, I just gained more of an awareness of what it meant to love people first and to meet them where they were at in life.
I felt like the serenity of the lush-green park aided in my clarity of thought and focus. Exploring more of the park, I continued to reflect on these principles and my current lifestyle. I ultimately realized what my problem was. When I had only surrounded myself with believers I was easily isolating myself and becoming less relevant or relatable in other circles.
I was learning something different being away from home. I found myself talking with many people in China that did not share my beliefs. We spoke respectfully and each person cared enough about the other to listen to one another. Had I been on my “Holy High,” there is no way those conversations could have taken place. I remember thinking back about my old friend at the burger joint and my many friends back home whose heads would exploded if they were in these conversations.
What I learned through this process is that I am a better witness when I actually go out in the world and share what I believe. When we as believers stop hiding in our Americanized, indoctrinated churches and go out and simply love people and talk to them like human beings, we will see the power of God move in ways we couldn't imagine.
Talk soon & God bless,
Edited By: DJ Williams
Graphics by: Hand-Ability