I just want to do some homework and get my laundry done. This was my thought as I walked into the laundromat one Thursday afternoon, my attempt at killing two birds with one stone. When you live with five other girls it's a constant battle for the washing machine, my goal was to work smarter not harder. So there I was, the first load was in, I had just sat at a table, I pulled out my laptop and what do you know, that wifi they were promoting didn't actually work. No worries I thought, I'll get some of the reading I need to get done out of the way first. Oh wait, the book you need is actually sitting on your bed back at home. Things were clearly going really well.
That's when I saw her. She had three machines going at once and kicking the other that just ate her money. Seeing she was on the brink of tears and breaking down, I walked over. Truthfully I didn't want to. I was comfortable where I was at.
I didn't know what to expect, but as I stood next her placing the quarters in the machine, tears began to roll down from her exhausted eyes and down the side of her cheeks. The look of shame on her face was something I knew all too well. The look of despair and at any moment ready to give up for good. We sat in that loud, fresh soap filled air for almost two hours. She shared her story with me and I got to share mine with her. We both cried as I prayed for her. I never saw her again but her final words to me carry on in time, "maybe this is a sign from God to not give up, you don't meet people in a laundromat everyday."
Fearless conversations take risk. I don't even want to know the amount of conversations I missed because I was too afraid. Look at our friend Nicodemus in the Bible, he risked his whole reputation for a conversation with Jesus. Fearless conversation are opportunities to be honest, ask questions, truly listen, to show we care and ultimately love one another as Jesus has loved us. Fearless conversations are risky -- but it's a risk worth taking. You never know who you may need to meet or who needs to meet you.
What are some fearless conversations you have had recently?
From one human to the next,