The Golden Question
How do you practice the “everyday preaching” that Pope Francis calls us to without being weird?
I’ve grappled with this question throughout my life. At one point, I would have been offended at the thought that I was one of those people who walked around talking to others about Jesus. Offended because I had in mind the awkward Christian and the Bible Thumper.
Now, I love proclaiming the Good News to those around me, but I know it takes a few relational pre-requisites before another person will receive me and the message well.
- You have a real relationship with trust and respect with the other person.
- You have been talking more to Jesus about that person than you have been talking to that person about Jesus.
- You have asked for permission to share your faith journey sometime.
- You have shared your stories (and heard their story) before you jump into the conversation about Jesus.
Once you are ready to have a conversation about Jesus, The Golden Question is a great one to have in your back pocket. Start with, “So, where are you with God?” Then ask, “Where do you WANT to be?”
If all of this still seems a little uncomfortable, here are some steps to get you started:
- Begin to pray for those who you are in relationship with, and ask the Lord who He is calling you to share the God News with sometime.
- Map your own spiritual journey (worksheet below).
Continue the Conversation
Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha
Fr. Jeff Lorig – Pastor at St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More