“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa
One of the most attractive things about Mother Teresa was her honesty. We don’t have to pretend to others that being a Christian means life is all smileys and cookie cakes. It wasn’t for her. It won’t be for us. In fact, it’s precisely the point that the Christian Life is often not those things that actually makes it so ultimately attractive to people. It’s real. It’s when you pretend it’s something that it’s not that it ceases to be believable – because it becomes fake.
Of course, there is immense comfort in knowing that God will not ask us to do anything we can’t handle. But there is often an enormous amount of discomfort in the “handling it” part. That’s life. But if we live that life with faith, hope and charity, we will receive the grace to be peacefully joyful despite the discomfort.
Show people your human experience. Show them your faults. And then show them that joy.