I have friends who spend three consecutive weeks each summer in Hawaii. Believe me, they need it and deserve it since both of them are in full-time ministry in a thriving church. While in Hawaii, they meet many of their neighbors in nearby condos. In developing these relationships, they have discovered a Hawaiian term and custom. It’s called “Talk Story.”
The locals in Hawaii live a much slower pace than we do on the mainland. They get to know their neighbors, they eat together and actually spend time to “Talk Story.” I looked it up and talk story means “to chat informally.” Another way to say it might be, “Let’s get together and shoot the breeze.”
It’s refreshing to think that people actually make time to simply talk. I was deeply convicted by the “Talk Story” concept. What if we, as Christ-followers, actually slowed down long enough to chat informally in this fast paced, technologically isolated place where we live? What if the Lord afforded us the opportunity to “Talk Story” with others who don’t know Him? Would we be ready to do that?
1 Peter 3:15 tell us to always be ready to “talk story,” “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
Look at this verse and let’s ask some basic questions. Who is to be ready to talk story? Those who sanctify Christ as Lord. With whom are we to talk story? Everyone who asks us. How are we to talk story? We are to always be ready to give an account with gentleness and reverence.
How ready are we? Would we shy away from some people and embrace others? What if that opportunity came in the midst of a busy day, would we talk story with gentleness and reverence?
Heavenly Father, Give us numerous opportunities to talk story with others. Use your Word to help us be ready and temper our words with gentleness and reverence. In Jesus Name, Amen