Thinking Out Loud

May 6, 2012

A Word Fitly Spoken in the Right Time

This morning during the coffee time between services, I wandered into the auditorium, which I discovered was mostly empty except for a young guy sitting in the back row. We know each other, but I doubt we’ve ever really conversed before. I told him I’d heard he had moved away, but had noticed him back at church for the last few months.

He told me that things hadn’t been going well where he moved, and the environment wasn’t conducive to maintaining healthy habits.  After some general conversation, I came right out and asked him, “How’s it going spiritually?”

He then told me he was really seeking some kind of spark to re-energize his faith; and little did I know that in the ten minutes that followed, I would — hopefully as the seed of our conversation has time to sprout — be that spark. (Yes, I know I’m mixing metaphors in the same sentences, seeds and sparks.)

He told me he was going to go home and get back into his Bible with fresh enthusiasm and understanding. I hope that happens. Pray for “M.”

At any rate, I really felt good about our brief time together, and I truly believe there was a real connection made.  Here’s why I think it worked:

  1. He was willing to be upfront about his situation, admitting his vulnerabilities, and revealing that his life was at a turning point.
  2. I was willing to take a risk by moving the conversation past the superficial and toward asking him as to his spiritual health.
  3. He seemed generally receptive, spiritually hungry and open.
  4. I was hopefully able to offer some solid information and not just general encouragement.

We could have easily talked about a number of subjects, but I really felt a nudge to move the conversation deeper.

The title of today’s post is from Proverbs 25:11 in the KJV. In The Message it reads:

The right word at the right time
   is like a custom-made piece of jewelry.

The NLT says:

Timely advice is lovely,
    like golden apples in a silver basket.


  1. It’s such a delight to push a conversation to life changing content. Good for you, and thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Brian Johnson — May 6, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  2. Thats great you had a conversation about your faith! It can be hard speaking about faith to a complete stranger not knowing where they are coming from or vice versa. I need to get better about having faith conversations with people. And I love The Message and NLT. Thanks for the post!

    Comment by James Stratton — May 6, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  3. Edifying post. I’m praying for M.

    Comment by atheologicaleducation — May 6, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

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