I have engaged a few people on blogs and in my life that have an interesting approach when talking to others.
One friend of mine in particular, always wants to tell people about Jesus.
He gets very excited about it.
And he knows that if you don't believe in Jesus, you'll go to hell.
He tells people that all the time.
I can cite the 'Way of the Master' as one of the approaches he finds that appeals to him.
People who follow that approach always liken it to telling someone they are driving toward a cliff they can't see.
They are just trying to warn and help them.
And I can understand that point.
Yet I keep thinking of a line from 'Princess Bride',
"Do you always start conversations this way?"
When Jesus was around talking to people about God, he did warn people about hell.
I won't deny it.
But that isn't how he started his conversations.
He talked to people, but even more, he listened to them.
He was actually interested in people.
Not just keeping them from the hellfires of damnation.
He actually was concerned about who people were.
And what they did.
Read about Zaccheus in the Bible and you'll see what I mean.
Or you could read about Nicodemus.
It isn't necessary to read those, but notice what happened.
The people he talked to, were looking for him.
They sought him out and he listened and talked with them.
He didn't run up to them scaring the hell out of them.
It isn't HIS way.
I could be way off base.
I'm sure some will tell me I am.
But to be honest, I am having trouble figuring out how to have a good relationship with someone, if you are the one doing all the talking and pointing out how wrong the other guy/gal is.
I used to be much more like that.
One guy I know compared me to Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh.
That guy was right.
Sadly, nobody really likes Rabbit.
Not even if he's right.
People do like you, if you help them with a problem, and they ask for help.
They don't, if you think you are going to fix them, and they didn't want your help.
Pay attention and watch people sometime.
It will amaze you.
Anyway, I have a poll on the side.
Take time to answer it.
And thanks for listening to me.
You have no idea how encouraging it is.
maybe you do.