Have you heard the story of the elephant rope?
While walking through an elephant camp, a man noticed that the elephants weren’t being caged or chained. The only thing stopping them from escaping the camp was a piece of rope tied to one of their legs.
He was completely confused as to why the elephants did not simply use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. The elephants could have easily done so, but they didn’t even try. He asked a nearby trainer why these elephants never tried to escape and just stood there.
The trainer replied; “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.
Within the Church, many believers struggle with the idea of evangelizing. They may feel that they lack sufficient knowledge or they were conditioned to believe that evangelism is solely the responsibility of clergy and members of religious orders. Additionally, some worry that sharing their faith with others could be seen as proselytizing. However, as followers of Jesus, we are called to make disciples so it is essential to overcome these limiting beliefs and boldly proclaim His love. It is time to break free and recognize that sharing our faith is an act of love that can bring transformative and positive change to the lives of those around us.
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- Living a Life of Love: Mother Teresa’s Legacy
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- 19 Pastoral Orientations for Parish Renewal and Growth
- The Missionary Renewal of Catechesis
- Characteristics of missionary parishes
- Powerful healing prayer attributed to St. Padre Pio
- We are called to share our faith with others
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- Find a Need and Fill It – Revealing God’s Heart in the Community
- 15 Habits to Evangelize on a Daily Basis
- The Church’s Mission
- Three Barriers to Building An Invitational Culture In Your Parish
- The Relational Evangelizer
- Doing Church at Home
- The Blind Girl
- A Group of Frogs
- The Elephant Rope
- A Shared Faith is a Growing Faith
- In The Shoes Of The Unchurched
- Parish Evangelizing Cells
- Six Unique Features of Missional Parishes
- Steps Towards Becoming A Missional Parish
- What Is Evangelization, And How Should It Be Carried Out?
- Discussion And Self-Assessment Questions For Parish Evangelization
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- The Jesus Prayer: A Method To Pray At All Times
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- An Example of a Missionary Parish: Phoenix First Assembly of God
- Satan’s Tactics
- Learning to Be a Missionary
- When we cry out to God, he answers
- Presence and Proclamation
- Saving those who are lost
- Saint-Nazaire Parish: The story of a missionary transformation
- Small Groups and Evangelization
- Evangelizing By Inviting People To Receive Jesus As Lord And Saviour
- You Will Receive Power…
- Have You Heard About the Law of Three Hearings and Seven Touches?
- Three Habits of a Fruitful Christian Life