Practical Ways to Live the Gospel

preach-the-gospelWe all need ways to become closer to God and living the Gospel each day seems like a simple way to start.  St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times.  Use words only when necessary.”  Believe it or not, I find it difficult to evangelize with words.  But maybe I can teach others about God by the way I try to live my life.  So here are some practical ways I am trying to live the Gospel.

  1. Offer to pray for someone and then actually do it!
  2. Ask God to guide your decisions – whether life changing or just daily decisions.
  3. Read the Bible to yourself and to your kids.
  4. Pray a Hail Mary aloud whenever you hear a siren.
  5. Ask God to give you the words to say when called to council a friend.
  6. Be open to God’s will with how to spend your money, time and talent. Say yes to opportunities that you are outside your comfort zone, but within God’s plan for you.
  7. Talk about God to your kids, husband and friends. We need to support each other as the first believers supported each other in the community of new Christians.
  8. Every day, choose one thing that can make you a more holy, God-like person. Then do it.
  9. Be thankful!
  10. Examine your conscience regularly and make the resolve to change and work on sins.
  11. Be visibly faith-filled – go to church, celebrate the sacraments, have sacramentals in your home.
  12. Say no to television shows and movies that aren’t moral.
  13. Stand firm in your faith and draw closer to God in times of difficulty.
  14. Be kind to strangers – at the store, on the road, in church – especially in front of your children.
  15. Love your family. Love your friends. Love. Love. Love. Because God is Love!

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