Hey ladies--Nancy is resting her foot so she asked me (Crystal) to take care of the blog today. Her foot is pretty sore after her surgery last week, but she is doing well. Isn't that the best news? Please continue to pray for complete healing. It's been bothering her for so long--and she needs a ton of patience while she waits. Resting is the work she needs to do most right now but sometimes, resting doesn't feel like work (trust me, it can be a tough job!)
In the meantime, our wonderful Paige has more wisdom about sharing our faith, even when it's hard. I don't know about you, but I've been learning so much from her during her internship with Nancy. Take it away, Paige!
Hello New Women!
On Thursday, we left off talking about sharing your faith, and what it looks like to be a Christian in a not-so-Christian environment. Today, we’re going to move on to the topic of sharing God’s love WITHOUT words.
I’ve mentioned to you before that my early high school school years were pretty tumultuous, and I changed a lot. It was at that point in my life that I stopped lying. Beforehand, I wasn’t a pathological liar by any means. In fact, most of the stuff that came out of my mouth was pretty honest, but there were those times when really didn’t like that girl’s new outfit, but said I did anyway, just to make her feel better. I realized that lies, even when told to make someone else feel better, aren’t always the best thing.
So, I became brutally honest. It didn’t happen over night, but today, if you ask me if I like your outfit—well, please don’t be offended when I tell you the truth.
But what does this have to do with sharing my faith? I mean, nobody’s started coming to my church because of my brutal honesty. Nor have they asked me to recite John 3:16 for them. Yet, I have noticed a subtle difference.
At work, my bosses generally don’t check to make sure I did all my work before I end my shift. They trust that if I said I did it, it’s done. At school, one of my favorite professors emailed last month telling me that my, “forthrightness is admirable.”
No, it hasn’t always been easy. I had to admit to my boss that I failed to train one of our new waitresses a part of her job. On my one class’s self-evaluation form, I’m going to have to acknowledge that I didn’t do one of the readings a few weeks back.
My friends, witnessing doesn’t always look like walking through Romans Road with a classmate. In fact, most of the time, it looks very different. It calls for us to not just speak the Truth, but to also act on it.
In all my writing classes, we are told over and over again, “Show. Don’t tell. It’s much more powerful when we get a scene.” I think this holds true to our walk with Christ.
One of my favorite verses, Micah 6:8, says this, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” You know what that verse doesn’t say? Speak loudly.
If you want to post today, why don’t you share with us:
- An area that you’re doing a great job of SHOWING your love for God
- An area that you’d like God to shine through you more brightly
For me, this means thinking more positively. As I mentioned before, I’ve been working on it, but these things take time. If I’m going to be a light for Christ, my attitude should be brighter than a flashlight with failing batteries!