A Sweet Conversation

" Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt..." -Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

            Last night my husband and I visited a local coffee shop to get some work done. Actually, I was working, and he tagged along to be my protector. (:-)) The coffee shop was small, and as we sat we couldn't help but overhear the conversation being held by two young ladies who were enjoying each other's company over a pair of delectable drinks. (I myself had a chocolate and caramel pretzel latte that was DIVINE!) Knowing that we were going to be there for a while, my husband quickly put his headphones on and offered me the extra pair from his bag. I decided not to take them. Unlike most of the people I know, I find that I work best with background noise. (In high school this drove my mother crazy. She just couldn't understand how I could possibly get my homework done with my radio playing... loudly.) So I declined my husband's extra pair of headphones and got to work. By the end of the evening, I was glad that I did. These young women were Christians, and their conversation was one of the most refreshing I'd heard in a very long time.

            As I listened to the two young ladies talk, I learned that they'd been friends with each other for a long time. They'd been there for each other and had experienced countless testimonies. One girl's mother had gone through a horrible divorce and was now happily remarried. She was also a new mother and experiencing the struggle of balancing taking care of her child, herself, her husband, and finishing college. The other girl had struggled with her weight her entire life and felt that she'd finally overcome the battle. She'd lost a combined total of forty-five pounds and had managed to keep it off for over a year. She was also helping one of her siblings with their own weight-loss journey. She was also in the process of trying to find a new church home.

            These ladies had awesome stories. But what truly blessed me was the love they had for God. Gratitude to Him poured out of them as they talked openly about His goodness. They gave Him glory for their accomplishments, and also shared how the Lord was currently developing certain things within them. It was so hard for me not to interject myself into their conversation. I wanted to testify, too! But I didn't want to seem like a weirdo. These ladies were clearly younger than me, and I didn't want to come across like a crazy old stalker lady. I could identify with so much of what they said, and really just wanted to encourage them in Him.

            When they wrapped up their conversation and made plans to meet next week, I was sad. I really do think I could have listened to them talk all day. (Their conversation was way better than the reality TV garbage that everyone talks about!) I smiled and waved at them as they left, and as soon as they were gone I missed them. (Even now, as I write this blog, I'm praying for them.) They really blessed me. Furthermore, the experience caused me to evaluate my own conversation. Did I talk about God enough when I was out and about? Did people hear my testimony when I spoke? Did the things I say glorify Him? Not enough. I wanted to do better. Prayerfully, you do too.