I’m having one of those moments where I literally feel like I’m floating.
And no, there are no illegal substances in my body. Although, I did just eat some cotton candy grapes, and I’m convinced that there’s a magic ingredient in there, because those things are unreal.
But I legitimately feel lighter than air.
Ever since my mom’s stroke back in December, family has obviously been top priority. We’ve come together as a unit and dug in for the long haul. I’ve been home from NYC for the last four months, and just this past week, my brother and his wife moved two houses down from my parents in the neighborhood we grew up in.
Talk about an amazing couple.
And so this weekend, my mom and I threw her a party to welcome her to the neighborhood.
That party was today.
And it was amazing.
But not for the reasons you may think.
There were about, oh…20 young women there. Just starting families. I didn’t know any of them, as I haven’t lived in my neighborhood in close to ten years and it’s turned over since then.
But the incredible thing about this party today was how God showed up.
This was not a church-sponsored party. It’s not like my mom invited her friends from her bible study. This was the neighborhood. A mix of people from all over, who were brought together this afternoon solely by their houses’ proximity.
And can I tell you, just about every conversation I had today came back to God.
Yes, I talked about my faith in public.
And it’s not like I was on some sort of evangelization mission. Goodness knows that I am pretty bashful when it comes to talking about religion. But it just kind of came up.
And I learned a valuable lesson.
People want to talk about their faith.
The cultural climate is such that faith and what we believe has become an off-limits topic. The intense scrutiny for political correctness and hyper sensitivity for being offended has created a society where we just don’t talk about what really matters … like God. Morality. Right and wrong. What we believe in.
And so we shut it down. Keep our faith behind closed doors or confined within the walls of a church, and our society is redlining as a result.
But newsflash, y’all: People want to talk about their faith.
I could not believe the enthusiasm that these women had for the Lord. And I would have never known had we just passed at the checkout line at the grocery store, or waved in passing.
Faith is out there. And I think people are so hungry to share it, and connect with people on a meaningful level.
I mean, by the end of the afternoon, a neighborhood bible study had been planned for this summer.
And none of that would have transpired, had the topic of God not been brought into the conversation.
And it got me thinking – if this trend is true for the neighborhood…what about the community? The city? The nation?
What would happen if we all stopped walking on egg shells and tip toeing around certain issues, and just decided to be bold and speak up about our faith?
How would that impact our little corners of the world?
Because real talk: our culture is in a moral free fall. And not even morality…even just human decency. Something’s gotta give.
How would things change if people started to talk authentically about God?
Because if we don’t, then who will? If we don’t open up a dialogue, then things are going to keep being swept under the rug, or tip toed around, until eventually, it stops having a place in peoples’ lives at all.
We’re doing such a disservice to future generations by not talking about the things that matter. Living in such a way that we’re straight-jacketed into never uttering anything that has a moral point of view because it may upset someone…we are to blame for the vomit-stained state of our country.
If we don’t start standing up for what matters, it’s going to stop mattering.
Think about that.
If we don’t keep God in the conversation, He’s going to become irrelevant in the eyes of the masses.
People want to talk about their faith. There is such a deep yearning for an existence that means something more.
And it starts with you and me. Starting a conversation. Making people feel safe to talk about God.
God is attractive. And this party today demonstrated that.
I dare you to talk about Him this week.
You up for the challenge?
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