Once Upon a Time

Everyone loves a good story and we share them all the time. We talk about our kids, grand kids, family, and friends, but how often do we share stories about our relationship with Christ? We are quick to share an idea about something that may benefit others, such as a tip for gardening accompanied by a story of a fruitful yield. Imagine how much fruit you could yield from sharing your faith story. That is our calling as Christians.

He said to them, go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

As we explore new and creative ways to becoming even more welcoming in our parishes and pastorates, we need to be intentional about inviting others to encounter Christ. Many people who have fallen away from the Church or have not even attempted to go to church are afraid and we need to ease that fear. As ministry leaders in the Catholic Church, we are called on in a particular way to witness to faith in Jesus Christ. If we can articulate our story and convey that to those in the community we can make a difference.

Ask yourself the question, “why does faith matter to you?” Begin a spiritual journal, writing down the ways that God has led you to the path of joy. Discuss this within your parish team, staff or leadership team. Listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit and then respond. Know your story and share it often. In the busyness of life, we encounter many un-churched people every day and if we can smile, love, and share many will want what we have. What do we have? Joy that we exude from faithfulness to our daily activities and the joy we have in the midst of suffering. We need to show them the source of our joy. How? By introducing those we meet to Jesus Christ and showing them the love that he has for all of us.

But, sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope. 1 Peter 3:15

Visit joyalive.net for inspiration to share your story and to read the stories of others who were invited to encounter Christ.

What was your life like once upon a time before you followed Christ?

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