I realize that I’m a bit odd. I mean, I know that I’m weird. First, I’m a pastor that works hard at attempting to be normal. Second, I am allergic to chit-chat. No, really! I would never say that I like chatting in the sense of getting together for no purpose other than a chat.
However, I greatly appreciate a conversation grounded in purpose. Purpose feels like an accomplishment, reasoning, debating, sharpening, or resolving.
That’s why I know that the following conversation is a double win for you and your friend, child, parent, or spouse. Maybe even all the above!
Build these three questions into your daily routine and watch how your relationships improve with each day that you engage your person (s) of choice.
1. Start with YOUR BEST: What’s the best thing that happened yesterday?
2. Then Tackle the Worst. What’s the worst that’s happened (or is happening) today?
3. Then Add Prayer. What can I specifically pray for you today?
Please be sure to keep it simple. Keep it very real. Keep it truthful. Once you commit to asking, be equally committed to answering. Here’s the essential element in this brief, personal, purposeful conversation – actually pray for them!
If you don’t have anyone to have this conversation with, let your prayer be that you’ll discover them this week. In the meantime, feel free to send me an email and answer these questions. I’ll reply with my answers and pray earnestly for you.
Go In Peace, Chuck
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