Friday, February 1, 2019


This is not the first generation to have difficulty with converation. In a testament to how rare and difficult conversation has become, one blogger has dubbed herself a conversation agent.

Bob Wilkin describes his difficulty with conversation: “I find it hard to talk to most people. I usually have to think about it. When I first met Abby, one of the signs whereby I knew she was the girl for me was that we talked easily and freely. No effort needed. It was perfectly and utterly natural. Normally, for me, it takes effort to talk to people. Even family.”

My great-uncle Dave Breese once described intelligent conversation as a source of knowledge “more readily available than any other.”
Intelligent conversation is free, it is fascinating, it is food for the soul and fine tuning for the fertile mind. The interaction between two intelligent Christian minds going in the same direction is one of life’s most precious gifts.

Remember that good, stimulating conversation is a two-way street. Proper conversations do not consist of one always asking questions and the other always answering. Each of us must bring some contribution.

That is not as difficult as it may sound. Each of us knows some facts that are unique to us. We can memorize a little poetry, read an unknown book, check some data that might not be generally known. Possessing that, we will become a valued member of any circle of intelligent and stimulating conversation.

Pursuing this course, any one of us can be a source of spiritual profit to ourselves and others. The principle of Scripture that says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38), applies to more than just the coin of the realm. Give of yourself, of the best thoughts of your mind, and the results will be to your spiritual profit. Intelligent Christian conversation has the potential to benefit us all.

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