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You're New to This, Thanks Be to God


By far, one of the biggest shifts we can all make is a mental shift.


When we look at our efforts in evangelization, we can get to the point where our frustrations can far outweigh our joys.


And this happens because we see ourselves coming to the task in a certain way.


In short, the image we have is one where we are trying desperately to save as many leaves as we can as they are being pulled out with the tide.


There is a futility undergirding such a task, and if we adopt this view of ourselves and our efforts, burnout and a certain degree of helplessness are right around the corner.


Things change drastically, however, if we can remember God’s words about newness.


“Behold, I am doing something new, can you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)


And what is the new thing that God is introducing?


The Good News, yes. The coming of the Messiah and salvation for all who accept it, yes.


But don’t forget …


YOU are new as well.

Stop focusing on how it was and marvel at the fact—if only for a minute—that you are a part of something truly refreshing.

When you are approaching the mission field of your family and friends, you are not here to maintain something but to do something new—to make a path with the Holy Spirit that was not there before.


Like Saint Patrick, or Methodius, or Isaac Jogues you are the one stepping into new territory to begin a ripple which, in time, will become a tidal wave.


So make the shift.


Stop focusing on how it was and marvel at the fact—if only for a minute—that you are a part of something truly refreshing.




in Christ,


patrick

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