The Universal Language
I think it's so beautiful how God will use the simple things to bring His Word to life. On this particular day, I found myself at the nail salon. Upon first arriving, I noticed this Korean game show on the screen. As I watched the show, I couldn't help but to laugh and make various noises. A quarter of the way through my appointment, I noticed my nail technician had changed the channel.
Towards the end of my appointment, I finally asked her can she change the show back. She said, "Oh, most people don't like watching." As she turned back to the show, you could see her facial expression shifted. What once was calloused had grown softened, simply by me expressing interest in something that was special to her. While the show played I laughed, and even though I had no clue what was being said, I could read the room. She was smiling and even the nail technician doing my pedicure shared her same sentiment.
In that moment, God revealed to me the importance of the "universal language." Though we may not always understand what someone is saying, there are two things we will always know; laughter and love. This language has the ability to transcend cultures and language barriers to form a simple connection. I had even found out that the woman who did my pedicure was also considered a "minister" in her culture too! The understanding we shared was so much greater than words could ever be.
So I may not have been able to stuff Christianity down their throats and get them to repent. (Never my mission anyways) But I was able to do something so much greater. Show them the heart of God, by representing His love. He cares for ALL of His children, no matter their skin complexion. Think of this the next time you desire to evangelize. Lead with love and laughter and watch how your message of God will be better received...
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””
Mark 12:30-31 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
How has someone showing you love brought you closer to God? Has the kindness expressed by others that may share a different culture or religion taught you anything about the God you serve?