So I was walking back to Redfern station yesterday, when a pretty young girl smiled at me and said “Hi, how are you?”. I smiled politely and kept walking right on by.
While it could be that as a happily married man I’m not in the habit of chatting up ladies, in this case, there’s no such righteous reason. Quite simply, in the space of 2 seconds I evaluated her as a salesperson of some sort and rejected her product.
It only took 3 or 4 steps before the incongruity of this struck me. I had no knowledge whatsoever of what she wanted or was offering. Maybe it was a product she was selling, but maybe she was trying to save whales or something. Without a clue what she wanted, I made a snap judgement for the worse, and moved right along.
Furthermore (and perhaps more importantly), my response to her made me reflect upon Christian cold-contact strategies (walk-up, door knocking, etc). I usually get quite nervous when engaging in them. Could it be because I expect to receive the same reaction I give? What sort of ambassador for Jesus am I, if when someone else wants to spend some time talking with me, I brush them off and walk on by.
I walk past salespeople of some sort quite regularly (through Sydney Uni). Will my response to them change? I want to say yes, but it makes me anxious.