Richard Halveston wrote: “You can offer your ideas to others as either bullets or seeds. You can shoot them or sow them.
“Ideas used as bullets will kill inspiration and motivation.
“Ideas used as seeds will take root, grow and bear fruit in the life in which they are planted … you will probably get no credit for originating the idea.
“But if you are willing to do without the credit … you will reap a rich harvest”.
Consider these three things:
1. Good ideas are wasted when you use a “ram it down your throat” approach. You have to learn to say the right thing at the right time.
2. To get the job done you must have the right answer and the right attitude.
3. Your efforts to achieve your goal will fail unless you approach the task with love, kindness and humility.
Remember, “Pleasant words are honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Did you ever hear about the woman who dreamt she walked into a new seed shop in the market place, and to her surprise, found God was behind the counter.
“What do you sell here?” she asked.
“Everything your heart desires,” God answered.
Hardly daring to believe what she heard, the woman decided to ask for the best things a human being could wish for.
“I want peace of mind, and love and happiness and wisdom and freedom from fear,” she said.
Then as an after thought she added, “Not just for me; for everyone on earth.” God smiled. “I think you have misunderstood my dear,” He said, “We do not sell fruits here – only seeds.” (by an unknown author)
May we now offer this little prayer for all those people whose desire it is to spread the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Lord, we pray for those whose work it is to preach the Gospel and to lead in prayer.
“May they never force You on people, or wrongly use Your name.
“Help us to remember, God, that we were sent only to spread Your grace in all humility because we have been accepted by You and will always be in need of your forgiveness. Amen”
I trust that I have given you all a simple insight into understanding the meaning of evangelisation for people like ourselves.
By our good works people are given the opportunity to see Christ in us.
Brian Moore is the state president of the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland.
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