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"When we become comfortable with who we are, no matter what our personality type is, or where our interests lie, we can become more honest in our evangelism. If you don’t feel natural approaching strangers to talk about the Gospel, try another approach more suited to your personality and gifts. What’s your element—that place that fuels you in joyful energy? Find it, and connect with people there. Your joy will make people notice, and perhaps open up opportunities to share Christ’s love. The world hates fakers, and the last thing you want to do is present Christ in a way that is perceptibly fake or forced.

If you’re shy, then stay that way. Work with it. Accept your unique make-up and learn to laugh at yourself instead of wishing you were different. But whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between, continue to cultivate relationships—which are an integral part of obedience in the faith. If you don’t think that you can answer the call to evangelism, then perhaps go out and offer to cut your neighbor’s lawn, babysit their cat or do some other service that might be helpful to them.

It all comes down to doing what you love to do. God needs us all to do our own unique part in reaching out to the world. There are too many people out there “doing work” for Jesus instead of being joyful for Him. As an anti-social homebody, I say that it’s time to embrace the joy. Be yourself, digging inside to find the things in life that you love—and then connect with others from this genuine place. Sometimes the simple things that are on our hearts are the very things that others need to hear about the most.”

If we don’t really believe in heaven—believe in it so deeply that it captures our hopes and our dreams—then something is terribly wrong. Our foundation has slipped. Heaven teaches us how to live in time and how to live in our world. If we lose our vision of heaven, we lose our vision for today.

Steph Gehring, Heaven on Earth

Perhaps there is a reason Christ was in the tomb for three days. Perhaps it shows us that sometimes when we face pain and loss in our own lives, the resurrection is not in view yet, and that’s okay. And yes, redemption can break through the tomb like it did two thousand years ago, but sometimes we will have to wait, to keep walking through the grieving process and keep our eyes open.

Stephanie Smith, Why Do Christians Need to Make It All Better?

Realizing we donʼt know anything about God right now, relatively speaking, is a good start. I need to appreciate that in God years, Iʼm only an infant—and always will be. If that seems too hard to swallow, simply put what you think you know next to what God knows, and you shouldnʼt have a problem. Itʼs part of becoming like a child.

We canʼt go through life as though everything is brand new. But we have to be very careful about how much we think we know. We need to know things, while realizing at the same time that we really donʼt know much at all and that there is still so much more to learn.

John Van Stoten, (Don’t) Grow Up

A day will come, hopefully long before a devastating mid-life crisis, where you will see these massive realities of adulthood—achievement, beauty, money and romance—have no ability to give you lasting validation. And then where will you run when everything you drink leaves you thirsty? We shouldn’t waste our adulthood wearily searching for worth, rather we should let go of these attempts and rest in the knowledge that you have always mattered. The Gospel—the good news that Jesus lived and died for us though we had no merit—is for our justification from sin and our justification to exist. Being loved by God before we produce, and even as we fail, gives us freedom from needing anything else to define our lives. Because we exist, we are loved, and because we are loved, we will be OK. God’s grace deems us to be someone before we become someone—we’re important before we’re important and lovely before we are lovely.

4 Principles To Survive Adulthood (RELEVANT MAGAZINE)

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American culture says, fall in love, let it ravish you and anything short of that hurricane isn’t love. Our culture shouts for us to make the plunge into the deep end. Perhaps that works for some couples—the 50 percent who don’t divorce. Most of our knowledge of love comes from the movie screen, a man and a woman with magnetic attraction to each other that consumes their thoughts and actions and lusts. My love toward my wife didn’t feel like that when we dated, and it created confusion inside of me over my intentions toward her. I wondered if this lack of Hollywood intensity meant I didn’t love her, but the more I thought and read about love, and looked at couples who had endured life together—marriages that go a lifetime—I understood love to be both an emotion and a decision.

Many of us are waiting to be blindsided by a tsunami of love, when maybe we should just wade in for a sweet swim. What I’m trying to say is we should marry a friend. Romance may birth a friendship, and that’s OK, but we better make sure we marry the person we like to talk to, because marriage isn’t an unending series of orgasms. Marriage is an unending series of conversations.

4 Principles To Survive Adulthood (RELEVANT MAGAZINE)

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