How To Witness If You’re Shy

October 30, 2012 — 3 Comments

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You are not alone in your walk with Christ if you have difficulty sharing your faith because of shyness. There are many other Christians that get nervous when they even think about witnessing. Do you struggle with sharing your faith because you have no clue as to how to witness in spite of your shyness? If so, I’ve got a few things that will help you.

 

1. Understand that witnessing isn’t always about words.

St. Francis of Assizi once said, “Witness at all times; if necessary use words.” The first thing that will reduce the pressure of shyness in your life is to know that you don’t have to use words to witness. You can use actions, and many times they speak louder than words. You can send letters to nonbelievers in Christ and let them know you are thinking about them. You can get them a gift and take it by their house to let them know how valuable they are. Doing these kind of things will be sure to open up a conversation, and they will end up, most likely,  asking you about your faith. When they do, just tell them what Christ has done in your life. No need at all to give them a bible study. Just share your life, and how Christ has changed it for the better.

2. Witness at home

Witnessing at home is easy because you already feel safe. Live before your family a changed life. Living for Christi in front of your family is the loudest witness you will ever do. Each family member is watching, and learning from you. They, in turn, will hopefully live the same way. That is making disciples without words.

3. Witness on vacation

Next time you are on vacation, witness to those who clean your room. Leave a great tip each day, and a hand written note of encouragement to them. Then sign it with a bible verse. Pray over the note, and let the Spirit of God do the rest.

4. Take advantage of birthdays

Collect as many birthday dates as you can and send them a card or an email. In the same way, you would write a note while on vacation, do something similar with a birthday card or email. To make this step automatic, do a Google search of free sites that remind you by email when a birthday is near.

I could give you many more, but I think you get the idea. What are some ways you have found that work? Leave a comment and share with others.

 

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Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

3 responses to How To Witness If You’re Shy

  1. I loved your article on witnessing if you’re shy because that’s what I am shy. One person that was shy used to leave tracts on grocery shelves between cans, and in bathroom stalls in public restrooms! And one mother used to have her kids now lawns or leave flowers on the neighbors steps when they went to town and signed the card: “From the Secret Sam Club.”

  2. I loved your article on witnessing if you’re shy because that’s what I am… shy. One person that was shy used to leave tracts on grocery shelves between cans, and in bathroom stalls in public restrooms! And one mother used to have her kids mow lawns or leave flowers on the neighbors steps when they went to town and signed the card: “From the Secret Sam Club.”

  3. Thank you for reading it Marcia.

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