Does your Small Talk Count?

I really don’t enjoy my dentist visits. It feels a little too personal having a stranger scrape around inside of your head. All of the scraping, and the spraying, and the brushing, and the flossing that someone else is administrating feels too close for comfort. And all those sounds. It’s the sound effects from a horror movie happening inside of your mouth.

No Thank you.

I had to go this past week for my cleaning, and I was determined to make the best of it. I smiled and made small talk with my dental hygienist who shared a little bit about her life with me. So in between her scraping my teeth, I mentioned something related to the church my husband and I attend and talked about reliance on God. And then a little later I asked her if she attended a church in the area.

She looked at me and sighed. Her New Year’s Resolution had been to get back in church. She had been a regular but had slacked off with every excuse including just not wanting to get out of bed. Church made her emotional, worship made her weep, it made her a stronger person, but she had slacked off going. I encouraged her to get back in church and shared that I understand because I’ve experienced slumps myself. She said that maybe my asking her was the prompting she needed to actually follow through. And then she went back to scraping. I’ve been praying for her because she has a lot going on in her life, and I think she could find true encouragement with Christ and other believers.

I don’t know if she’ll follow through and get back into church, but at least I got her thinking about it. At least someone in her daily life encouraged her toward Christ.

More and more lately, I’ve tried to find ways to bring up Jesus Christ in small conversation. I feel compelled to share the joy I have from Him. I want others to also have the same peace and assurance that I, at times, take for granted. For fear of being immediately pushed into a Bible-thumping, stringent, intolerable Christian category that the media seems to foster among unbelievers, I always try to make the conversation transition as naturally as possible. I’m not on a conversion train. I can never say or do anything that will convert anyone to Christ. Only Christ can call someone. I do however want to get people to think more about Jesus Christ, and seek the truth of Him. People have gotten too lazy. People don’t seek as much as they should. And I believe it’s time to challenge people to seek His Truth. Some people really don’t mind talking about faith. Some people get really prickly, but those tend to be the more interesting conversations.

Think of all the small talk you have on a daily basis with strangers. Imagine if you started to pepper your conversation with Christ and His love. Imagine the impact we Christians would have if we couldn’t all stop talking about Jesus?

We make small talk about everything from the weather, to the news, to sporting events, to politics, why not actually talk about something a little more worthwhile? Why not make our small talk meaningful? We are called to be the salt and the light. Christians should be bombarding everyday life with Jesus Christ.

It’s an adjustments. Sometimes its easier to stick to the easy topics, but you never know who needs encouragement that day. Jesus Christ could use just a few of your words to change someone’s entire day, entire week, entire life.

Pray for Boldness. Pray for the world around you. Be the salt and the light.

Matthew 5:1316 (ESV)

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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