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One time, I visited my aunt in another state, which will remain nameless. I had to go to the grocery store, and, being the super friendly person that I am, I began to smile and say hello to various people I passed in the store. What an unhappy experience! NO ONE would smile or say hello back! What was wrong? Didn’t I shower that morning, use deodorant or mouthwash? I couldn’t figure it out. I came away from that state thinking to myself that the people who live there must surely be stressed!
Our parents have always taught us not to talk to strangers, and I understand how that can be helpful. But I think it’s important to show friendliness, especially as a Christian, because initiating a conversation with someone we don’t know can lead us to many good places as well. Proverbs 18:24a says – “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” It’s important to show yourself friendly to others in order to help both of you grow! We can be an encouragement to our fellow human beings in so many ways. But, if we don’t begin, by saying hello, it halts everything right there.
Just recently, I met a fellow writer at a one-day writers conference. I introduced myself and we began to converse. I discovered we have so much in common, and she and I have become very good friends! I’m so glad I was friendly with her or I would have missed many blessings.
So, next time you see a stranger, jump out of your comfort box and say, “Hello. How are you today?” You might be pleasantly surprised at the results!