- Are you a natural at beginning conversations with people you do not know?
- Can you talk about issues rationally, defend your beliefs, and be open to the perspectives of others among strangers?
- What is the most important thing you learned from a child, teen or young adult you do not know?
- Would your loved ones describe you as someone who listens well to others?
- Whose advice do you follow?
- Would your friends describe you as a good friend, and introduce you to their other good friends?
- How have you made amends toward an individual or a people group you misjudged, hurt or harmed, even if unintentionally?
- Have you ever been prompted to talk with a stranger and ignored it?
- Do you look for opportunities to talk with people about your practice of Christianity?
- Do people earn your trust or do you offer it freely?
Summer travel puts us into contact with strangers. Most of us will have a one-time encounter with people at the campground, airport or gas station and never think twice about it. Other times, an unknown person can make a lasting impact on our lives. Uninvited guests can upset everything or they can become a welcomed intrusion. We can be introduced to way more than we bargained for when we are open to strangers. I believe Abraham and Sarah had no idea what was about to take place as they offered hospitality to three strangers who visited their camp. The Lord God was at work building a foundation of faith that would change their lives forever.
Imagine what may happen if your next encounter with a stranger garnered eternal significance. Whose life could be altered toward Kingdom building goals? What might God begin in you? Connected, devoted and generous Christians understand that every encounter can have the potential for eternal significance. Join us Sunday for worship or attend a small group. Invite your dad to come with you for Father’s Day. It is a day of celebration. We honor the great men in our lives and will hear more about Abraham and Sarah. Maybe you’ll meet someone you don’t know along the way and your life could be changed forever. See you Sunday.
"Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:14 NIV