Friday, May 8, 2015

Meeting New People (Five Minute Friday)

It's Five Minute Friday!  FMF brings together a flash mob of writers for a five-minute free write.  No major editing--just write and publish.  Simply for the joy of writing without the need for perfectionism.  For today our writing prompt is Meet.

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As you probably know by now, I'm an introvert.  Big time.  My kindergarten teacher almost held me back because I was so quiet.  When I was still in school, I had a shirt that said, "I'm shy but friendly."  So, like, really really introverted.

When I was about 35 I met Jesus.  I'd gone to church from the ages of about ten and 18, but I never had a personal relationship with Christ.  I'd been away for a long time.  Jesus drew me to Himself, and I haven't wanted to step away since.

That didn't change me immediately.  But after a while I noticed that I wasn't quite as introverted as I used to be.  I'd smile at strangers in the supermarket, make small talk with cashiers, talk with our librarians.

The first big change that I noticed was at church.  I've told this story before, but it fits here.  I saw a woman in our lobby, and I didn't recognize her.  Without a second thought, I went over and introduced myself (to the amazement of my husband, who'd never seen me do that).  Since then I've done that with other visitors, as well.  Last week we met a prospective new youth pastor, and I didn't hesitate to go over and meet him.

Jesus has changed me and my life.  Most mornings I pray that God would let His love flow through me, and that everything I say and do would honor Him.  I'm convinced that this new extroversion, as limited as it is, is part of what changed.  I'm looking forward to seeing what else He has for me!
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Colossians 4:5, NIV)
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4 comments :

  1. I was voted the shyest person in my senior year of high school, so I definitely relate to your FMF story! Meeting Jesus changed me, too, and I found myself teaching seminars across the country... but at heart, I'm still an introvert! That's where I get charged up.

    Focusing on others and wanting to hear their stories and feel their hearts changes everything, doesn't it? I love your story and I look forward to hearing more... hope to see you again at FMF :)

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  2. I'm shy to a point. If someone started talking to me, than I will respond. As far as getting the nerve to introduce myself, that's a whole different story. The Lord has shaped me in this area as well, and has worked wonders. Great meeting you through FMF!

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  3. I'd never thought about it before, but as my relationship with Jesus grows, it becomes much easier for me to reach out to others. Of course, being introverted has been a wonderful excuse to not do things that I don't want to do. I really need to start self-checking!

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  4. That is a great way to be!!! I feel a bit the opposite these days. I used to say "I never meet a stranger " bit now, I seem to be more cautious in opening up to people.

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