Whenever it’s a rainy day and my 3 kids are trapped inside the house, their minds immediately turn to building a fort. The couches turn, the sheets come out of the linen closet, and the family room gets taken over. Imaginations run wild as the couches become walls and chairs become entrances to secret passages and forts.
Once the fort is complete, the real playtime begins. Almost immediately weird and absurd rules are created. You can only enter a certain way, talk in a funny voice, and almost always there’s a discussion as to who is and who is not allowed in the fort.
Reread that last sentence. Sadly, that is some people’s experience of the church. It’s not supposed to be that way. There’s no cookie cutter mold for what a Christian looks like. We also can’t hide from the world in our fort which is the church. We must go out and share the good news. If you feel uncomfortable at times sharing the gospel you are in good company. If however, we only interact with people who look like us, think like us and believe like us, who are we evangelizing?
Pope Francis reminds us “I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.
Dave VanVickle challenges us in this week’s #ShareJesus reflection to go out. Do it.
Ideas for Sharing:
On Social Media today:
Share a childhood story about something you did or an experience you had as a child that led you closer to God.
The YouTube link to share with your tweets today is https://youtu.be/m_Q-0mdOv-8
Taking it offline:
- Do something to share God’s love that takes you out of your comfort zone and normal routine.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to inspire and guide you this week to take concrete action to share the good news.
- Have a discussion with someone about what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus.
- Pray with someone.
I am looking to compile and share people’s stories for a new project I am working on. It’s really essential that part of the storytelling is a picture accompanying the story. I am not looking for a great selfie of you today to go along with your story, but something that speaks to your story. It’s important the picture and your story complement each other. Please click here to read more and share your story. Invite a friend to share their story too!