The one thing that will help you start a deep conversation with anyone.

“People that make a difference in the world are not people who have mastered a lot of things. They are people who have been mastered by a very few things that are very, very great.” –John Piper

This morning I spent some time trying to focus on the few things that should direct my life. I’m thinking more evangelistically these days, which is scary because it means I need to have something to talk about with anyone I meet. But how many things do you need to know in order to relate to everyone? I don’t think I can handle that.

Unless, that is, you really do only need to be mastered by a few things. Unless there are just a few things that really matter, for everyone.

Yesterday I wrote that the one unbreakable tie between people is their place as people loved by God–all other ties are weak, man-made things. So that gives me a start at understanding how I might be able to relate to anybody, but it’s still pretty vague: sure, when we’re down, we realize that most of the things that connect us don’t actually matter–there’s some sort of deeper connection.

But why does that matter? Is it anything more than sentiment?

It is if there’s a way forward.

Jesus once said,

“I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” -John 14:3b,4

This means that whoever I meet I can encourage. I can say there is a way.

So we share a common place. We’re all people, we all find ourselves playing the ridiculous game of self-preservation sometimes, and we all end up messed up. But for all of us there is a way, as well.

There’s a way.

Further reading

If you want to think further about how this hope of a way can engage with almost any kind of person, check out the first 32 verses of Psalm 107.