A Witnessing Lifestyle

Abstract: I promote a witnessing lifestyle.

While in college I helped produce a multimedia production in which we asked people what they were waiting for–as I use the term “multimedia” I have to smile because at that time it meant stringing some Kodak projectors together with sound. Our presentation took all of eight minutes as I recall, and consisted of a excerpts of interviews held with people of all ages.

The young kids were waiting to go to school. The Elementary age children were waiting to get into the higher grades, or into High School. The High Schoolers were waiting to get their drivers licenses and going to college so they could have more freedom. The students in college were waiting till they graduated so they could get married and have more time to do what they wanted–so that life could really start for them. The newly married were busily working on buying a house and starting a family. The middle aged people were looking forward to getting further ahead in their job, having grandkids, or having their children move out on their own so that peace and quiet could return to their lives. Those towards the end of their careers were looking forward to enjoying their retirement. Those in retirement were not so sure. And the ones we interviewed in nursing homes had run out of things to look forward, perhaps a visit from their families, and one couldn’t help but wonder if they had achieved all the things they had been hoping for.
All of the interviewees had a future focus to their lives. Granted we asked the question in that way, but few, if any, responded, “O I am loving what I am doing now.”
In my interaction with young adults and friends I often find a “waiting” attitude: waiting for that guy or gal of their dream, waiting for graduation and getting out on the job, etc.. But life is meant to be lived EVERY day!
I find a similar “waiting” attitude when it comes to witnessing, and believe this waiting attitude is part of the challenge we face in being witnesses for Jesus.
For too long we have been taught that witnessing is something you do with the church on the weekend, or something you do with people who are especially qualified, or is done by people who have lots of time on their hands–like retired people.
Now I don’t minimize what retired people do, nor do I minimize the activities that go on with churches like Keith has mentioned in the one post on Shine in Edmonton (I think the idea is wonderful), but I question whether God really wants us to always be waiting for the weekend or more convenient moments to witness.
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SOURCE: Path 2 Prayer
Dan Augsburger

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