How was your weekend?
What’s on the docket tonight?
You got anything fun planned today?
Package those questions any way you want, we’re a curious bunch and we want to know what’s going on in each others lives. But how often do Christians go all-in in the sharing of our plans? Are we shying away from the “small t” truth and missing the opportunity to engage the “capital T” Truth?
For instance, this weekend my plans include:
- A date night with my wife
- Taking my kids to the park
- Mowing the lawn
- Guest-speaking at a church
- Leading a small group on Sunday evening
Great plans if you ask me…
…seriously, what if you did ask me?
The reality is, I will be asked a post-weekend question like this on Monday. You will too! For me it will most likely take place at my local Starbucks where the barista will ask, “how was your weekend, what did you do?”
In that moment you and I make a snap decision. I can go “small t,” truth or the “Capital T,” Truth.
My “small t,” truth answer:
“It was a great weekend, did lots with my family and got a ton done.”
My “capital T,” Truth response:
“My weekend was full, I got special time with my wife, my kids and got to talk a lot of what the Lord is doing in my life with people from my own church and by guest speaking at another church.”
- Maybe we choose “small t” because of time?
One answer took me 2.6 seconds to answer. The other, a whopping 5.3 seconds. One answer left tons of room for intriguing follow-up questions whereas the first feels pretty closed.
- Perhaps we choose “small t” to avoid awkward silence?
I tried both today, one with my original order and the other on my refill (I may just have a coffee addiction?). When I gave my “small t” answer the barista replied “cool” and then we stared at each other in awkward silence. Whereas the “capital T” answer was met with a smile and and more conversation starting with “which church do you go to and which church will you be speaking at?”
My hope and prayer is that I will become a believer who looks to be a “capital T,” TRUTH-speaking Christian all the time. This is a core conviction I have had for the last three or four years and at my coffee shops alone I have moved from being just a customer to being a friend. I’ve had the opportunity to share the gospel with several baristas and patrons all because of a commitment to sharing the Truth and not just the truth.
Have you had the opportunity to turn an everyday conversation into a gospel-conversation?