Last week, we talked about little things that we can all do to help move the act of evangelization out of the panic zone and more into the comfort zone. From sharing a CD or playlist of Christian music with friends to putting a Christian sticker on your car, laptop, or other visible place, evangelization doesn’t have to be scary or aggressive. While some might write these actions off as passive or too small, no action is too small for God. In the spirit of doing small things with great love, as Mother Teresa reminds us, these little actions make us more comfortable in sharing our faith. Little things bring our faith into the everyday, not just something we think about for an hour on Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings.
Doing little things might move us closer to the mark, but little things might not propel us all the way into the comfort zone (which is where we’d all like to be in terms of evangelization). So how do we start doing bigger things? Once you’ve done a small thing, stop to congratulate yourself! Don’t forget that evangelization is really uncomfortable for a lot of us, and taking the first step into something new is really hard. The goal of these exercises is to ease into it.
But at some point, we need to start actually talking about our faith. And, no, I’m not talking about intense philosophical or theological discourse in the break room at work or in line at the grocery store (sure to make both you and your audience uncomfortable!). I’m talking about mentioning your faith in casual conversation, hopefully with the help of your small actions.
“Oh, I’m so sorry, I’ll be late to [insert Sunday morning event here], but you can count on the fact that I’ll be there after Mass! My church has these really awesome message series and I can’t miss the next installment of the one we’re talking about now.”
“Oh, that sticker on my laptop? It’s from my church small group. We meet every week to [insert small group activity here] — it’s something new that I just got involved with, but am loving so far.”
“Oh, this music? It’s by some of my favorite Christian bands — a great mix to listen to after a rough day, or car dance to after a really good day — there’s always a song for whatever I’m in the mood for.”
I go to a Catholic university, but my roommate isn’t Catholic. She started asking me questions about my faith when I’d mention that I was going to Mass or a campus ministry event. That meant that I could share my faith, and she was initiating the conversation. The conversations were on her terms, not mine, which made us both more comfortable. Making your faith something you mention casually will likely pique the interest of others, who will ask you questions, and evangelization will come naturally.
--Claire Kosewic, Staff Bulletin Writer
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