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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)

TITLE: Hush
By Christina Shelley
11/06/07


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The word evangelism gives me an image of John Wesley riding a horse through England, followed by a charasmatic preacher banging his pulpit and waiting for onlookers to speak in tongues; as a result, the topic causes me to cringe; and spending part of my teen years in a rather legalistic church only poured fuel on my fire of contempt. Being a Christian who is turned off by one of the primary reasons for Christianity had not exactly instilled confidence. I loved telling people about my faith, but evangelizing? Never. I'm not called to be a missionary, or earn a doctorate in Divinity, so learning to evangelize while remaining true to the person God made me has been a journey. Some of my help, actually came from the dictionary. Webster's defines "evangelize" as: "To convert to Christianity." Being that "conversion" of a soul is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit,the pleasure for me,is to be used as a mirror that reflects Christ's glory(2 Corinth. 3:18). In this way, I can shoot to inspire someone with the desire for the Holy Spirit to convict them. This can be done by saying nothing at all (in contrast to shouting and banging the pulpit). When my bus breaks down, and people are murmuring because they're running late, I can quietly read my book. While in line at the grocery store, I can pray for the couple arguing in front of me. When my friend is upset because something happened at work, I can look her in the eye-- giving her my full attention. When I become wrapped up in finding the right words to share my faith, it's reassuring to know that actions speak volumes, and instead of a detailed synopsis of how one becomes a Christian, God speaks to me with one word to replace all others: Hush.


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Kara Dunham 11/12/07
Nicely done. Very interesting perception of evangelism. I think what you say is very real. Many people get caught up on all the preaching and throwing Bibles at people; the genuine, personal aspect is lost.
Yvonne Blake 11/12/07
I like the theme of this. I've often taught this motto:
Your walk talks, and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.