USE THE TOOLS YOU ALREADY HAVE

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I was recently approached by a man who attended an introduction to apologetics seminar that I taught. He was very nice. He told me that I have a gift for taking complex ideas and making them easy to understand. He also said that he was surprised by how fun and engaging my presentation was. Lastly, he added that I really “sold” the arguments that I was making. I told him thank you, but quickly explained that what he had observed wasn’t talent–at least not natural talent. The traits that he noticed represent a unique blend of abilities that I have picked up over the years from some unexpected places.

Where did I learn to “sell” an argument? Well, before finishing college, I spent several years working in commission based sales. I took a turn selling outdoor furniture and another selling men’s suits. Where did I learn how to make a presentation fun and engaging? I spent years playing music in a touring band. It took me hundreds of concerts to finally loosen up and have fun on stage. But when I did, I realized that everyone in the crowd had more fun too. And what about making complex ideas easy to understand? I taught middle school for 2 years. I had  to learn very quickly how to make difficult concepts easily accessible. I don’t think it is a coincidence that now, I teach high school, where I not only have to make complex ideas easy to understand, but I have to “sell” them in a fun and engaging way to a group of people who would rather smash their fingers with a hammer than pay attention. Just in case you are curious, I have also worked at a grocery store, delivered pizzas, assembled medical equipment, worked in a call center, served ice cream from a mall kiosk, and worked on the maintenance staff at a golf course.

What is my point? Simply put: use the tools that you already have. You have a unique skill set by virtue of the fact that you are a unique individual. No one else has your back-story. You possess abilities that you may have never considered helpful for relaying truth and sharing the Gospel. I have learned a lot of information by studying, but most of what I know about sharing that information came to me unintentionally. For many other articles and videos visit becauseitstrue.com

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I am a husband and father. I teach apologetics, theology, and hermeneutics at a private Christian high school. I run the apologetics website becauseitstrue.com. I am also the chapter director of Ratio Christi at the University of Georgia.

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