"Without faith, it is impossible to please God." (Hebrews 11:6) This sounds rather harsh and unfair until we remember that God gives us faith. It's not that dogmas or doctrines are somehow emblazoned on our minds or hearts. Faith is not only about what you believe, but who you believe. God is pleased not by the things we believe about him, but by what we entrust to him.
When you think about it, God trusts us too; probably more than he should, definitely more than we deserve. Though we've failed him countless times, God places all of creation, all human life, and even himself into our hands. He continues to act in good faith, even when we act in bad faith or no faith at all.
Whether we realize it or not, we are all missionaries. The faith we take to our world is the faith we know, and live, and are willing to share. Whoever we are and whatever we do in our daily lives is mission. When our kids go to school in the next town, downtown, out of state, or abroad, when they work a job or raise a family, they are part of the "new evangelization." But evangelization isn't new. We are no different from the believers who have preceded us. We go with hope into a world that is fallen, but not evil. The Christ we bring isn't one who entered the world to condemn it, but the only begotten Son of the God who loved the world so much that he came to save it.
Jaymie Stuart Wolfe is a wife and mother of eight children, and a disciple of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. She is an inspirational author, speaker, musician and serves as an Associate Children's Editor at Pauline Books and Media.
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