After a year of quarantines and isolation, I think many of us long to connect with others in a deep and meaningful way. But doing this during COVID-19 has been difficult. I’m thankful for the technology we have to continue to keep in touch with others while social distancing. So how do we go deeper and really connect with others on a personal, emotional, and spiritual level when social restrictions are still in place?
Regardless of what policies are in place in your community, we can have those meaningful conversations at a distance or even over technology. We simply need to be intentional in starting them.
Look for opportunities to connect with others. Many of the people we know or interact with in the community are seeking something meaningful. Pray that God will lead you to someone around you who is ready to engage in conversation.
Listen with both your ears and your heart. Connecting with others is all about building relationships. Begin the conversation casually by talking about work, their family, or favorite hobbies that they have missed during the pandemic. Build an easy-going rapport, but listen carefully for areas where someone might be struggling. Many people will open up when they feel that someone cares about what they are saying.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John B. Sorensen
Rev. John B. Sorensen, D.D. is the President/CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, headquartered in Arden, N.C. EE has been a leader in equipping Christians to share their faith for more than 55 years. For more free tips and resources, visit evangelismexplosion.org.