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By Erianne Thedorf
Do you ever get the feeling that you might be a nuisance to someone else? The definition of nuisance is an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice, etc. I constantly am feeling this way in multiple scenarios throughout the day. For example, when I’m all done paying for my groceries, I say to the cashier, “Thank you! Have a nice day!” and hope they actually do have a nice day. Most of them usually reply with “thanks” in a rude tone or “next please” or they don’t even reply at all. I don’t know if it’s the grocery store I choose to go to or the employees, but I constantly am finding myself in that position where I think to myself, “Am I being a nuisance?” I understand the cashiers don’t wish to know your life story, as well as be at work longer than they have to, but it just surprises me and makes me question myself.
I’ve come to a conclusion that I occasionally feel this way about my faith as well. Sometimes when I talk to my friends who are non-religious about my faith or church, I feel that I’m only being a nuisance to them — that they’re thinking, “Okay, we get it, you’re a Christ follower.” But we shouldn’t be afraid to proclaim our faith and what we believe in. I want to be known as a Christ follower because that’s my life, and that’s who I am. I want to be recognized as someone who is strong in her faith. However, be careful in the way you preach because most people do not intend to hear your whole life story while out to eat. Listen to 1 Peter 3:15 as it says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.”
There was a time not too long ago when one of my friends from school unfriended/unfollowed me on a social media account. When I asked her about it, she explained that my posts were “just too religious.” After she said that I immediately thought my posts were being a nuisance to her. I became self-conscious and was wondering if anyone else felt the same way and if I really was being bothersome with my posts. I had to remind myself however, that I shouldn’t care how one person judges me about my faith. I am proud to be a follower of Christ, and I wish to set a good example for others. I am proud to be known as a Christ follower to my peers. We are the ones who should be spreading this good news of Christ’s love, bringing people to God continually. Don’t be ashamed of that like I was!
Live your life full of spirit and be proud of it! Your faith is never a nuisance!