Well it has certainly been a while. I haven’t really been very good at keeping my blog up to date these past few days. So much has happened since I last blogged. I had a Christmas filled with good food and good friends. I braved the crowds and went Boxing Day shopping, and ran into a couple friends who I haven’t seen in a while. I guess there’s something about big red signs that makes people want to run to the shopping malls and buy things that are only $5 or $10 cheaper than usual.
These past few days also marks the beginning of Winter Conference East 2010! It’s a week-long event put on with Campus for Christ (a club on school campuses that works to change the world by helping people discover Jesus) filled with interesting speakers, seminars and of course today (or, as of 24 minutes ago, yesterday) – the Day of O, otherwise known as the Day of Outreach.
I’ve been learning a lot these past few days about what it means to be part of God’s family and to have a personal relationship with His Son. The Day of Outreach was something new for me, and new for everyone this year in that they’re using the Internet and social media to share the good news about God’s love with the world, starting with the people most important to us (a.k.a. our friends and our families).
It’s kind of tough that people sometimes get the wrong idea about Christianity and the idea of trying to share our faith with others (it probably doesn’t help that everyone automatically thinks of people coming door to door, hosing you down with holy water and preaching about imminent hell-hounds until you succomb to their beliefs). The whole point of sharing is to make people aware of Jesus and God’s love for them personally, not to guilt them or scare them into submission.
I think C.S. Lewis said it best when he said that sharing your joy makes your joy complete, which may be why Twitter is so popular. If you like a movie, book, restaurant, quote, song, or anything for that matter, you (or at least I know I do) want to tell someone how much you like it. Facebook seems to have caught on anyway.