3 proven steps for making hard things easier
If January is the month of goal-setting, February is the month of goal-ditching. In fact, less than 50% of those who determined to make a change will make it past this month with goals in tact.1
There’s even a nickname for the date that gym owners start seeing a drop in attendance after the new year’s upsurge declines. It’s called the Fitness Cliff.
This time of year the Internet is full of tips and tricks for sticking to goals. Many of the experts’ tips aimed at helping you achieve personal health goals also apply to spiritual health as well. This includes sharing your faith.
Most believers know they have a personal responsibility to share the Gospel, but the majority do not do so on a regular basis. 2
It’s unfamiliar, scary, and an all-around “hard thing” for most at first. In fact, even for seasoned veterans, it can be a continual struggle to choose obedience and boldness. The enemy of the Gospel and our own desire for comfortable conspire to keep us in our comfort zone.
Here are three proven steps that will set you up to follow through on the eternal goal of sharing the Word of God.
1. Start small
C.H. Spurgeon said, “The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.”
Experts agree that unrealistic expectations are a recipe for failure. This is especially true for sharing the Gospel. Managing expectations means we must realize we can take neither credit nor responsibility for the results.
Our job is to obey not orchestrate the outcome. God’s Word does the work; we simply do our part.
The Pocket Testament League encourages Members to start with a simple goal of reading and carrying the Word. Take a pocket-sized Gospel of John with you as you go and pray for God to open the door to give His Word away
“God is pleased to use ordinary people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in His kingdom.”
— Ed Welch
2. Ask for help
One behavioral psychologist noticed that people who don’t know how to use a fitness machine are likely to become embarrassed and stop going to the gym.
His advice in an interview was this, “Admit you need help. People who say, ‘I can do it on my own; I know what to do,’ are more likely to fail than those who say, ‘I need support.’” 3
PTL offers a variety of training resources to simply the process and strengthen your confidence. Our freeEvangelism Boot Camp is an online, self-paced program.
Whether you're a long-time Christian or someone who has just decided to follow Christ, these seven lessons will help you get comfortable handing out Gospels.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works …”
— Hebrews 10:24
3. Use the buddy system
Community and support are major factors of success. Just look at the Weight Watchers model or observe the popularity of Facebook groups as an addition to any program that promises growth or transformation.
Tim Challies advises, “Tell a friend about your resolution, and ask him to hold you accountable; his involvement will strengthen your resolve. Even better, pair up and make the same resolution as your friend so you can work toward a shared goal.” 4
Doing hard things alone makes it harder. The Pocket Testament League is full of Members who inspire each other.
If you haven’t joined this community yet, it’s simple to sign up. We’ll even help you invite your friends.
It will take less than five minutes for you to start the process and we’ll take it from there. It’s our version of the fitness buddy system, but for a much greater goal.
“We must learn that to expect God to do everything while we do nothing is not faith but superstition.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let’s do hard things together!
Years ago, two teens captured the attention of the Christian community with their book Do Hard Things. The Gospel Coalition published an interview with authors Alex and Brett Harris and quoted the pair:
“Our willingness to obey God even when it’s hard magnifies the worth of Christ, because in our hard obedience we’re communicating to the world that Jesus is more valuable than comfort, than ease, than staying safe.” 5
Jesus is indeed worth stepping out of our comfort zones. PTL is committed to making it simple, and we are here to support you and your friends as you push past any obstacles the enemy throws in your path.
Grab a friend and let’s do this together. Let’s build a community of believers who do the hard things for the cause of Christ.
“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is rather not letting your fear control your actions.”
– Alex and Brett Harris, Do Hard Things