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Who Will You Affirm Today?

January 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

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Everyone needs affirmation. Whom will you affirm today? I’m not talking about just giving someone a passing acknowledgement. I’m speaking of giving a compliment, an affirmation that is life giving.

As Christ followers,  we have been placed in the harvest field of life surrounded by humanity and their felt needs. We are called to build others up, where the world and possibly their own idea of themselves have torn them down.

Take time today to notice someone whom you know has not been noticed in awhile. Make a comment that places value in their life. For example, if you work with them share how effective they are to the workplace. Deposit confidence into their life. When you do that, you uplift their worth.

You just never know who might be close to giving up. Your words of hope could be the precise thing that keeps them going. As Christ followers,  we should be looking for ways to take away the feelings of insignificance that others might be secretly carrying deep inside.

As you face the world around you daily, walk in the power and passion of Acts 20:35, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”  We are called to do more for the world than it does for us. We can accomplish that by thinking of others before ourselves.

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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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I love getting the mail from the mailbox. In fact, it’s an obsession of mine. I have to be the one that gets the mail and looks at it first. I’m not entirely certain as to why I have such a fixation over the mail, but it goes all the way back to when I was a little boy.

I would get letters from my grandparents or a friend, and I loved it. I would be so excited and would open them and read them again and again. There is just something unique about a letter. Letters arrive and spend time with you. They took thought to write and send. Facebook, text, and skype just don’t hold the same special place as a letter. I become sad when I think how today in our day and age; letters are considered obsolete and antiquated.

So, why all the talk about letters? Well, because the Bible declares that we are letters of God to a broken world. We are letters of the right way. We are letters of the Good news of the Gospel. We are letters of eternal life.We are letters from the future, read in the now, of how it will one day be.

Have you ever thought of yourself as a letter? Have you ever thought of yourself as a living communication? We live in a fast world of sound bites, emails and text. Written letter are rare today. I’m not anti sound bites; I’m not anti emails or text. But God never called us to be that small. He called us to be big beautiful letters to the world. You and I declare to the world the greatest news of all times. If your life is a declaration, what are you declaring? You need to give it some serious thought.

Your life is God’s letter of hope and mercy, to a world that is broken and fallen. He writes a letter through your life as you submit to the blessing of being used to witness daily to the world around you. We are His epistles written for all men to see, and read.

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You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

You are a letter that is to be known. Your faith was never intended to be isolated. Your faith is a letter to be read by all, not tucked away in a private place. I want you to picture yourself as a blank letter just before every conversation, or interaction with a person, or a group of people. Then, just allow God to work through you. Let God do the writing of the letter to the other person.

How is your letter reading to the world around you? How is your letter reading to your friends? How is your letter reading to strangers and even your enemies? Only you can truly answer those questions, and only you can make changes were the changes need to be. You are a letter of God and having a consistent walk with Christ is the best letter the world will ever read.