Last night I looked at the seven day forecast for the week ahead and every day was well above 90 degrees. It’s going to be hot. How hot? It’s going to be so hot that the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground. It’s going to be so hot that hot water will now come out of both taps. It’s going to be so hot that you can make instant sun tea. It’s going to be so hot that your car overheats before you start driving it. It’s going to be hot.
Someone once said that if we didn’t talk about the weather we wouldn’t have anything to talk about at all. We talk about the weather because it’s one of the few things that we all have in common. What we might consider doing is shifting the conversation to something greater. We might consider talking about God. I don’t mean trying to win a debate. Those arguments are very unprofitable for everyone concerned. No, I mean just talking about God. Talking about the weather is what’s known as surface talk. It opens the door to deeper conversation. Personal talk is the next stage, getting our friends and acquaintances to open up about their lives. I’ve found that asking someone about their family, their job, or their hobbies often helps a conversation take off. The third step is religious talk. Religious talk moves the conversation in the direction of the gospel. It’s not the time to give the gospel yet. It’s a time to find out if they are interested in spiritual things. Try asking if they believe in God and why or why not? Their answer will help you determine whether they would be open to talking about the difference Jesus can make in your life and how they can know Him as their Savior.
In Colossians 4:6 Paul wrote, “Let your words be always with grace, seasoned with salt, so as to know how you ought to answer each one.” That’s good advice.
So stay cool out there, keep hydrated and use sunscreen. I’ve heard it’s hot out there. How hot? It’s going to the so hot that the cows are going to give powdered milk. That’s hot.
Have a great week,