Recently my granddaughter was challenged by her Sunday School teacher to really look at the people she meets in various settings and ask questions to invite authentic answers and connection. So… she took that to heart!
After church, she and her family went out to have lunch at a local restaurant. As the server approached and then sped off to get beverages for the family, Chloe asked her dad … “Why don’t we ask our server if there is anything we could pray about for her when we say our blessing at lunch?”
When the server returned, the question was asked, and the stunned server, with tears in her eyes, told her story and a way they could pray for her.
“Hi, how are you?” is something we routinely ask someone by way of greeting. But, do we really want to know how the person is? What might happen if we show genuine interest in the people we cross paths with. To build authentic community connections, here is a suggestion:
Ask your server, mail carrier, grocery checker, or anyone else you might become engaged with in potential conversation … “What has been a high point of the day for you so far today?” Then, really listen to their response. Connect via an authentic conversation! – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist