“Preach the Gospel at all times, use words only when you must.” -Saint Francis
This is one of my favorite quotes, mainly because I think we forgot this concept sometimes. I rarely get the chance in my day to day life to preach the gospel with my words, but I get dozens of chances every single day of my life to preach Gods love with my actions.
If you look at it, more people are interested in your faith if they first notice how different you are from the world and wonder what drives you towards that.
Everything about you is a living testimony to your relationship with God. How you dress, how you treat your family, what you spend your time on, what you read, what you listen to and watch, how you treat strangers, your attitude, EVERYTHING.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read a single non-Christian book, I mean I personally love Nancy Drew, which is a pretty neutral series. I’m just saying if the Percy Jackson books were my favorite, and it was what I talked about all the time, and I carried that with me everywhere, how would people see that I was different?
(Please know that I have not actually read Percy Jackson, though I do know a lot about it, I simply used this as an example)
Can you imagine how different of a testimony I would have if I switched Percy Jackson with the Bible? Because at the end of the day I could care less weather or not people knew that I adored the Nancy Drew I just read. The impression I want people to come away from me with is not “Wow, what a Nancy Drew fan” but “There is really something good and different about her.”
Isn’t that what you want to say with your actions and words? To show God’s love everywhere and with everything.
Thanks for reading.