Window to the Soul
Monday, July 7
Often the most difficult part in talking with others about Jesus is starting the conversation. It's easy to discuss the weather, sports or the latest movie. But it can be hard to begin a conversation about God.
This summer I've enjoyed using something called Soularium. It has helped me and others begin some great conversations about Christ.
Soularium is a pack of 50 cards. Each 4x6 card has an interesting photograph: a kid running with bouquet of brightly colored balloons, a girl sitting on a park bench, a path winding through an autumn-colored forest, a man standing in the light at the end of a dark tunnel, a beautiful sunset, an old broken bicycle, a clock.
Soularium is a 5-question picture survey. I ask a question and allow people to select a picture to answer that question. As they explain why they chose each image, their answers often reveal deep thoughts about their life, God and their spiritual journey.
What I've Learned from Strangers
No one sees the images in the same way, but without fail people have revealed some interesting and profound things about their life.
This summer I've used Soularium to begin conversations all over Chicago -- with students at DePaul University, with people relaxing on the beach and with friends gathered at the Taste of Chicago festival.
Nikki discussed her belief -- not in God but in a higher power.
Mark talked about his religious school upbringing and the ways this shapes his current beliefs.
Molly told me about how she strayed from God but has now turned back to Him.
It has been incredible to ask questions, listen and allow God to open many doors for further dialogue. On several occasions, people have been curious about my thoughts on God and I've even been able to offer an overview of the gospel message.
Soularium has been a great way to start conversations, but it has also allowed me to join people on their spiritual journey.