I’m awkward. And lot of what I’ve been studying in the gospels is how important it is for us as believers to disciple to others. But how do you do that? How in the world are we supposed to show Christ to complete strangers when you may only have a minute in line at the coffee shop with them? I’m not going to be THAT girl obnoxiously bringing up my faith right off the bat because that’s just not me, and God knows that — He made me. Plus, we’ve talked about it.
So what then? Do I pull out my WWJD bracelets from 1999 and wear them everywhere? Carry my Bible from place to place and hope that a) someone sees it and b) asks me about it? I could always invest in some chacos? They’re pretty stereotypical if you’re going for the Young Life vibe, but that still isn’t enough!
Then, I suddenly felt the inspiration. I knew how to make this work and not look like a total dork! It’s funny the way God reaches you. For me, the more I spend time in His word, the more clear His word becomes. What used to come across as just any ole idea is now what I recognize as Him telling me to do something. Well, one day God spoke to me, and He said, “Make shirts.” I said, “Ok, what kind of shirts?” And He said, “Cool ones.” And I said, “Let’s get to Target then.”
So off to Target we go. I had been on Pinterest a ton, so I had some fun ideas of how I was going to make these shirts look. I got a few plain black and white tees, then headed to Michaels for the iron-on letters. Once the shopping was complete, I went home to find some verses for the shirts.
Now I knew that I wanted my message to be subtle — I wanted people to ask me what my shirt meant. So I found a few of my favorite passages and ironed on some words from those passages without including the actual verse. That way, when someone read ‘More Than Conquerors’ for example, they would have to ask me what it meant and TADA!! It was them approaching me instead of me approaching them! Once they became interested in what my shirt meant, I was able to share with them.
This tactic is great for a few reasons:
1 – I don’t look like a total dweeb trying to start an awkward conversation about Jesus with someone I don’t know.
2 – I’m challenged to actually memorize the full verse that my shirt represents and know what it is I’m going to share about that part of the Bible.
3 – I get a super cheap, super cute new wardrobe that has a cool meaning to it!
I’m so excited about this new project and would be thrilled for all of YOU to play a part in it. I think this is a great opportunity to show our love for Christ in a way that is approachable and catchy. So I encourage all of you to find a cool verse, make your own shirts, add some fun jewelry/accessories, and go disciple to the world!
If you decide to take part in this fun movement, make sure to share your shirts with everyone! Upload your images + use the hashtag #tshirtproject. We want to see your works of art!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Photography by the lovely Southern Fried Photography
Shirt | Target
Letters | Michaels
Also have: iron/ironing board