June 18

Psalm 22:19-23

“I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:” vs. 22

Many of us are reluctant to do much faith sharing with our friends…and we wouldn’t think of doing it with strangers. It could be our introverted personalities…or maybe we’ve been turned off by encounters with rabid evangelicals of one stripe or another. Whatever the reason we have trouble opening up our mouths and talking about Jesus on a personal level. Oh, sometimes we’ll talk about the historical Jesus…that’s pretty safe. But to talk about the Christ who dwells within seems risky. We don’t like to risk offending someone…or even worse, we don’t want to embarrass ourselves. The psalmist would be puzzled by our attitudes. He knew how important God was in his life and nothing was going to keep him from sharing his story with anyone who would listen. It really is sad how quiet we are about those things that are most important to our souls. Sometimes we don’t even share our stories with our own children! The consequences are far-reaching and long-lasting. When we keep silent, the truth that lies within every single one of us is lost forever. It’s not that we have to go door to door in our neighborhoods…but maybe sometime instead of talking about golf or the weather we could take a few minutes and share with friends those things that are closest to our hearts! The blessings would be enormous!

Thought for the Day: Who can I share my faith feelings with?

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