I have a problem. I want to tell people the good news, but I have trouble talking to strangers. Heck, I have trouble talking to friends. (Just ask my friends how often I call them.)
Like 50% of the human race, I am an introvert. I don’t have the gift of the gab. I will never hold your attention with my brilliant stories. My best party trick is leaving early without anyone noticing.
So how does someone like me tell others the happy news that God loves us just as we are?
Outdoor plays, street evangelism, tracts, concerts, special services. I’ve done them all, and I’ve done them badly. Because I’m not naturally gifted at these things, I’ve been spectacularly unsuccessful.
But I can’t stay silent.
People are starving for the love of our Father. I’ve got to share the good news. I want to bring joy and hope into the world. But how? How do introverts like me shine in dark places?
Like the Apostle Paul, I like to experiment. Paul said he became all things to all people so that by all possible means he might save some. All possible means. That’s a pretty open-ended statement. That’s an invitation to try anything and everything.
Have you seen these boxes in your neighborhood? They are outdoor libraries, a.k.a. Little Libraries, Free Libraries, and Lilliput Libraries.
Normally you go to a library to take something, but over the past few weeks I’ve been engaged in a surreptitious mission to give something, namely the sweet good news.
On our travels we look for these libraries and when we find one we deposit a copy of The Chocolate Gospel. It’s great fun. Our hope is that these books will end up in the hands of people who need an encouraging word or a bit of hope.
We are totally indiscriminate about where we put these books. My kids and I have left books in rich suburbs and poor ones. We left one in a country town that had about two houses.
If you’re not comfortable talking to strangers or performing street theatre, this may be a great way to salt your community with the good news. Of course you don’t have to use my book. You can use any book you like. But please don’t use one of those religious tracts that tell people God is angry with them. Call me a heretic, but that’s not good news.
There is no bad news in the good news, and there are no price tags on grace. People don’t need to hear how bad they are; they need to hear how good God is! And it is our privilege to tell them.
If you would like to use my book, this may be a good time to tell you The Chocolate Gospel is available on Kickstarter for just one more week. [UPDATE: The Kickstarter project has closed. Thanks to everyone who backed it! If you missed out, check out these free Chocolate Gospel tracts.]
If you don’t have outdoor libraries where you live, maybe you can come up with other ideas for sowing the gospel seed. Let me know about them in the comments below. I’d love to hear them.
Remember the words of the Apostle. “By all possible means.” We should use every means possible to proclaim the good news. And leaving good news books in public spaces is a good way to do that.
Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe this is the dumbest idea since the Gospel Blimp.
But I’m not going to die wondering.
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