Italy’s public medicine is a big blessing to us! Without it we would have at times had to go without medical care. We appreciate having good care and treatment at no or low out-of-pocket costs. But it’s always been our family dottori (doctors) that we most value.
Even though we often seem to amuse them with our foreign ways and ideas! But that’s not a bad thing, because it usually causes curiosity about why we’re living here. And once we’ve shared, they often say, “Tell me more!”
Tell me More
In spite of the fact that ‘we foreigners’ often provide entertainment, our last doctor especially seemed to appreciate us. She often questioned us about our faith and even asked us for advice. Because, in her words, “Your relationship is still so wonderful after all these years, and since I’m not married, I need advice for a married couple with serious problems.”
Not that we’re the perfect couple – far from it. Nor do we have all the answers, or the secrets to a perfect marriage. Even after 44 years, we’re still learning!
I share this simply as an encouragement. Because most of us wonder at times how to share our faith. What, and how much should we say? When and how?
We never really said a lot to that doctor, as her waiting room was usually filled to overflowing. Not that we don’t share our faith verbally, for we do. But it usually starts by letting our light shine.
We live in a hurting world, hungry for peace and joy. And when others see these things in us, they will often seek us out, saying, “Tell me more!” Sometimes it goes no further than a brief testimony, others it goes deeper. But either way, seeds are planted, and they continue to observe our faith. The rest is up to the Holy Spirit.
7 tips for sharing your faith naturally
1. 🧍 Be yourself
Don’t try to be something you’re not. Otherwise your witness could seem (at best) stilted and unnatural, and (at worst) phony or even hypocritical.
2. 😊 Start by making friends
So many people are starved for friendship and real relationships. They need to know they can trust you. And often they just need to be included in your life and family. Bringing others into your circle creates opportunities for sharing Christ from real life, in a natural way.
3. ❓ Don’t try to have all the answers
Especially to questions that perhaps they aren’t even yet asking. Remember that unasked for advice is like a hole in the head. And who needs that?
4. 🕊️ Share what you know and have experienced
Don’t try to provide answers to deep issues that are beyond you. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “I don’t know.” Testify of what you do know, starting with how Christ changed your life. How he helps you in your family, your marriage, and other relationships. Share the peace and joy you find in him.
5. 🌍 Seek to understand your cultural context
In many places people don’t know who Christ is, believe in sin, or feel that they need salvation. Even in western nations which are now, for the most part, post-Christian. We often need to first explain who God and Jesus are, and why every person needs salvation.
6. 🚶 Live out your message
Even when you think no one is looking. Honesty and integrity speak loud and clear. It draws people, whereas phoniness will only turn them away.
7. ❤️ Show real love
Reach out to others because you really care about them and want what’s best for them. Don’t treat them like an evangelism project or an item on your to-do list. Be their friend, listen to their concerns. Be there for them and help them when you can. Our actions speak loudly and are often the key that unlocks even the hardest heart!
Let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven..Matthew 5:16 WEB
Do you try to witness for Christ wherever you go – and sometimes even use words?