Here are some practical tips:
This is not about you!
Don’t worry. You are not being graded. Do not let fear or doubt stop you from sharing what you know to be true. Trust that God is bigger than your fears or feelings, and let Him work out His purposes in both your lives.
If you don’t know, it’s OK to say, “I don’t know!”
No one can know everything (and no one likes a know-it-all); however, if you say you are going to look into it, be sure to look into it and get back to them. No one likes to feel that they have been dismissed or forgotten.
Get comfortable talking about who God is.
People know when we are uncomfortable, so practice talking about God. Start with friends who know Jesus. The more you are comfortable talking with brothers and sisters in Christ about who He is and what He is doing in your life, the more likely you are to be relaxed when you talk with others.
Let them ask questions.
This is a conversation, not a monologue! Some of the most fruitful conversations are initiated by the other person’s questions. End conversations in such a way that people know you are approachable and can ask you questions later.
Tell me your story.
Ask good questions that will enable you to enter into the other person’s story. Learn to really listen, because what you hear will give you insights for prayer, lead to further conversation, and help you discover where others are at in their spiritual journey.
Know when to stop.
Watch the other person’s body language. It’s OK to change the subject or back off if you sense that the other person is uncomfortable. People often need time to think and process. You do not have to say everything today! Also, don’t fall into the trap of trying to defend God. Let the Holy Spirit do His work.
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