Day 14, or What Makes You Different
We who are followers of the one true faith have a singular and challenging task. We are required, because of our beliefs, to be in the world, but not of the world. This often means standing out from everyone around you—or standing alone.
This can be a difficult, lonely, and isolating role to fill. And besides this, people often end up thinking that we’re condescending, that because we live by a different standard, we think ourselves above everyone else. We know this is not the case, but how can we show our true intentions? How do we preach the gospel without alienating the hard of heart?
This is a way of life I have yet to master. But I do know that when I feel unfit or unsuccessful in evangelization, one of the most helpful things that I call to mind is a quote from St. Bernadette: “My job is to inform, not to convince.”
We can only meet people where they are. Whatever we say and do, people will accept it or not in their own time and according to God’s own plan for them. All we can do, and all we need do, is live and defend our faith as we’ve been taught, and pray that by the example of a life lived for God, others will be irresistibly drawn to a fulfilled and joyful life.
Philippians 2:12-16 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
My prayer for today:
Lord, in a world that cries out for goodness and salvation, give us wisdom, fortitude, and charity to practice and preach Your truth with our whole lives. Open our hearts to all our brothers and sisters, and open their hearts to hearing Your voice.