Busyness isn’t necessarily a bad thing and it is certainly a condition that crosses all barriers of life. It doesn’t matter if you are married or single, childless or mini-vanning it, young or old, Christian or atheist, working professional or couch potato. We have all found ways to make sure we live in time-poverty.
In my line of work I need time. I need my own time, I need the time of volunteers, and I need the time of people I try to work for. I have to constantly balance family time and work time so I’m not gone too often or working too much when I am at home. I can’t do it all on my own so I need the help of people who are willing to join me in ministry. When I get those people, we can’t share the Love of God with others if we can’t have a little bit of their time to do it. Yes, I am time-impoverished and I spend a lot of time begging.
And, to be frank, I hear a lot of no. For one reason or another someone just doesn’t have the time to give, or it’s not a priority in his or her life. The truth is that we can find an excuse – even good ones – to say no to anything.
So my question is this: What would it take for you to say, “yes?” If someone comes to you and asks you to help them, what conditions have to be met for them to coax a yes out of you? You probably say yes frequently, and certainly you can’t say yes to everything, but what makes the difference between a no and a yes?
Maybe you are on the other end of the spectrum; maybe you are the one who is being invited to a retreat, conference, or a cup of coffee. You say yes to people all the time; what will it take to say “yes!” to hearing about someone else’s faith? What would it take for you to say yes to giving Christianity a try?
Arise runs a conference with the Franciscan University of Steubenville called Encounter Milwaukee. This conference is for young adults and is entirely focused on the radical and authentic encounter with Jesus Christ in the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and reconciliation. We need people to say yes to this conference. We need you to say yes to the invitation to come encounter our Lord. We need many of you to say yes to joining us in the mission by thinking of those one or two people you know who need a conference like this, and making the effort to invite them.
Bishop Don Hying once told me, ‘When the Lord asks you for something, just don’t say no.” I’m trying to be a yes man for the Lord. I guess the hard part is figuring out who is asking. Come ask me for something sometime and put me to the test.
Monday, July 20th opens registration for Encounter Milwaukee. The young adult conference is in its second year, and last year it SOLD OUT. If you want a ticket you will have to act fast. The first 200 people to register get a special early bird price of only $35. Check out http://www.arisemissions.org/what-is-encounter-milwaukee.html for more information.
By Dominick Albano
Executive Director of Arise