think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went
through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability
to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected
to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely
only on God, who raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NLT)
You never know where a faith conversation might
After a recent workout, I noticed two women talking
animatedly in a corner of the locker room. We’ve smiled encouraging at each
other during tough exercise classes, but never spoken otherwise. One woman sounded
distressed, the other encouraging. It was impossible not to overhear the
encourager’s statement “Sweetie, God won’t give you more than you can handle.”
“Amen!” I thought, but my heart stirred. That’s not
often gives us more than we can
handle because He wants to be our help and strength. (tweet this)
So at the risk of sounding preachy, I approached the
two whose conversation had gotten even more boisterous.
After apologizing for eavesdropping, I turned to the
encourager, “Excuse me, but I do
think God gives us more than we can handle on our own precisely so we’ll turn
to Him for help.” They responded with
laughter, Amens and “You know it, girl!” as if the locker room was church.
The troubled woman admitted it was just the reminder
she needed and we enjoyed a lively conversation about God, faith and today’s
youth. We now have camaraderie among us for future locker room church.
conversations occur in the most #unexpected places. (tweet
In what unexpected place have you discovered
Christian community? Will you share your story?
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