Look Beyond the Mask

Last week I served as Camp Missionary at a Baptist Girls Camp in North Georgia.  Each night after the girls had gone to their cabin, part of the camp staff (all college students) met for a Q & A with the 2 missionaries.  One of the questions I was asked was what advice would I give to them as college students in sharing their faith.  I told them that everyone has a story and a mask.  By this I mean we all have a story of how we got to where we are now.  Many people never have the opportunity to share with anyone about their life.  I told the camp staff to be more intentional about listening to others. Through listening to “their story”, you are better able to know how to relate to them and how to incorporate the Gospel into your conversations with them. I also told them that all of us “wear a mask” of some kind to keep us from being hurt or hurt again, fear of being vulnerable (someone seeing the “true you” – weaknesses and all), etc. Be willing to take the time to get to know the person and see what is beyond the mask.  Each day this week I have spent some time on campus talking with students and hearing their stories. Most are eager to take a break from studying and are willing to share about themselves.  Through these conversations, a Gospel seed is planted.

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