I just finished rereading “The Power of Everyday Missionaries” by Clayton M. Christensen
Quick Take: An easy and enjoyable read. Lots of stories and examples. Great tool for anyone wanting to better at sharing their beliefs with others.
I’ve started this book twice before but got distracted each time. I finally finished it, and I’m sorry it took me so long.
Clayton M. Christensen does a fantastic job of explaining why being a member missionary is essential for our spirituality and providing tools to better share our beliefs.
I served as a full-time missionary in Utah in 1996-1998 (Close to a thousand years ago). I remember being frustrated with the seeming apathy of church members towards missionary work. I thought, “I’m never going to be like that.” Well…
I don’t think I hide the fact that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I have definitely fallen into the trap of:
“The missionaries do the missionary work” and “I’m a missionary by just living a good life.”
Reading this has not transformed me into a “everyday” missionary. But it has pushed missionary work into the front of my mind and given me a genuine desire to be better. Here are a few of my favourite concepts that I am hoping to tattoo into my brain:
· Missionary work is a sure-fire way to bring the Spirit of God into your life.
· No matter how smart we think we are, we cannot know who will accept our invitation to learn more.
· Being open with our religious beliefs will NOT destroy relationships.
· Integrating religious terms into our everyday conversation is a simple way to open the door to religious conversations.
· The internet can be a powerful missionary tool if I choose to use it.
· God will trust us with missionary opportunities if he knows he can trust us to follow through.
This is an easy and enjoyable read. It will be one I read again. I highly recommend you give it a try.
Some of My Favourite Quotes: