How do I Evangelize?

A. What a beautiful heart you must have – to be so honest in both your desire to do what’s right and in your recognizing your limitations. I think I can help you here, so let’s get to it.

First of all, you are right, we are supposed to evangelize. One of the first things Jesus says after his resurrection is what’s called a “commissioning statement.” The disciples are commissioned to go and tell people the good news! 

But how do we do it? I’ve got some “rules” to help us with evangelizing. 

He Says: I am tired of arguing about politics!

Maybe it is not the subject matter that’s the problem; maybe it is the manner in which it is discussed? We are reminded of the advice given in Proverbs 7:14, “The start of strife is like the opening of a dam; therefore, check a quarrel before it begins.” How is that possible with a polarizing subject such as politics? Having an effective communication process is a great place to start, followed by a trust level that neither spouse is going to convert the other spouse to their personal belief, followed by an agreement to disagree when a mutual understanding cannot be achieved.

A year of faith, a year of prayer

The door of faith (Acts 14:27) is always open for us.” That is how Pope Benedict announced a Year of Faith, slated to begin Oct. 11, 2012, and end Nov. 24, 2013. Isn’t it interesting to have a Year of Faith, something which all of us have from our baptism? Yet, perhaps this is a great time to understand faith more deeply, especially as we here in this Diocese of Lansing engage in a concurrent Year of Prayer (Aug. 3, 2012- Dec. 9, 2013) for the deepening of our discipleship and the evangelization of others to faith in Jesus Christ.

GROW as a disciple of Jesus: Time spent waiting is an opportunity to love and serve

[Jesus] answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. (Acts 1:7)

A recent traffic jam gave me time to think about how much time we spend waiting and planning. We wait for food, parties, clothes from the dryer and Friday. We wait in the dentist office, the gym, the carpool line and in the checkout lane. I think we actually spend more time waiting than doing.

Our new hire expects a promotion right away

Our new hire has been with us for just a month and is already expecting to be promoted. How do I manage these unrealistic expectations? 

Option No. 1 – Fire him. That would deliver a bracing dose of reality, but pretty harsh.

Option No. 2 – Promote him. But then you would be joining his fantasy world.

Option No. 3 – Enlighten him. Teach him a better way to harness his ambition.

If he wants to succeed, he should add the south pole of humility to the north pole of magnanimity.

She says: I don't want to homeschool our kids

Michael wants us to homeschool our kids. Not only do I think that means raising them in a bubble, I would be primarily responsible to be the teacher.

He says: We need to know what they're being taught

I think it’s important that we, as parents, know exactly what our children are being taught. The only way to ensure that is to do it ourselves. It makes the most sense for Sarah to do it; we can’t afford to lose my income.

Building a bridge of trust

In 2018, FAITH continues to offer the column, Discipleship 101, based on Sherry Weddell’s books, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (2012) and Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World (2017). Sherry is a leading voice in the Catholic world in the field of forming missionary disciples – engaged Catholics who strive to grow as disciples of Jesus and go evangelize, sharing the Gospel with others.