What do you expect?
In building a culture of invitation we need to detach from our expectations and instead begin to live with intention. Expectations lead us to have rigid, premeditated ideas about how the other person should behave. Expectations have tremendous power over our lives because they programme us to repeat the past, to see only what we have seen before, and to block out new information that doesn’t fit what we already believe. It begins when you’re willing to let go of what you think should transpire (expectations) and instead allow the conversation to unfold while keeping an open mind (intention). You have to stay present, keep alert, and listen carefully for what God might be doing in the life of the person you are inviting. When you hurry through a conversation to get to your part or because you think you already know what the other person is going to say, you’re not in the present. When you appear to be listening but are actually thinking, deciding, and judging, you can’t really connect. Invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church and become curious about what might happen.