You’ll never know if you never try.
A couple of years ago, a new girl moved to Greenville. Mom wanted me to reach out to her so she invited her over for the day. I was actually literally angry at mom for inviting her. It’s not that I didn’t like the girl, but I didn’t know her. I met her once, talked to her at church once or twice and that was pretty much it. Now the fact that she would be in my house for 8 hours and I would have to entertain both of us for that long was looming in my face. I didn’t know WHAT we were going to talk about for that long.
Now that I look back on it, I really shouldn’t have been worried.
Here’s the way I look at situations like that now. When you don’t know someone at all, there are seriously endless things to talk about. The only thing that gets in the way of this is us being shy. Believe it or not, no matter how much you wanna deny it and say that you’re an outgoing person, everyone has that “shy” characteristic. When a visitor walks into SS, our first tendency is NOT to walk over and sit next to them and strike up a conversation. So the point is, when we’ve never talked to them before in our lives…the possibilities for conversation go on and on. You can ask them where they’re from, how many siblings they have, what their hobbies are, you can figure out their sense of humor. At the point that you go and strike up a conversation, you know absolutely nothing about them and they know absolutely nothing about you. You can look at that as “awkward” or you can look at that as an opportunity. Sadly when the girl came over to my house, I looked at it as awkward. We did end up having a good time. We always do. She’s one of my close friends now. But the fact that we “don’t know them” should never stand in our way.
Whenever we invite a new family over to our house, or whenever a new girl comes to church, I make a point to make the best out of it. Who knows? This person may end up being someone very important in my life. I just don’t know it yet. So to heck with being shy. 😉 Go say hi to random people you don’t know. But make sure they’re not creepy stalker people. That could result in bad things. 😉
live fearless! ♥