Fear of Rejection
Fear of rejection when you relate to others in specifically Christian ways is another difficulty. Most of the time this fear is unwarranted. You are merely being too cautious. Furthermore, you can greatly decrease the probability of a poor reception by listening to others and responding to their needs. People will frequently communicate to you by their actions or their demeanor whether they are comfortable with Christian sharing. If you’re not sure about their receptivity, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Need for Perfection
This demand for perfection can paralyze you into inactivity. The exact opposite is true – your Christianity enables you top take even more risks. You occasionally will make mistakes. But be sure of this: your acceptability to God does not depend on your performance as a Christian caregiver, but on your decisions to accept God’s control of your life and your decision to attempt to help.
Concern for Self-Image
Sometimes people have difficulty being distinctively Christian because they want to appear cool, suave, sophisticated. Fortunately, the atmosphere has changed some what in the last few years. To be thought of as religious nowadays is less likely to invite ridicule or insults than it was a short time ago. The people you probably admire, are usually characterized by congruence or genuineness. The more you achieve genuineness – distinctively Christian genuineness – the more respect you will receive.
Then again, sometimes you will not be respected despite your best effort. At that point you need to ask yourself, “What do I want more – God’s respect, or the respect of others?”
- Caring in Christian Theology (georgehach.wordpress.com)