What if our behavior as those who profess to accept the teachings of Christ was so bewildering to others that they assumed it was God centered? What if those of us who proclaimed to be Christian and were serving in public roles lived the gospel with such integrity that people could say “We have never seen anything like this!” What if the concern for the needs of others, the compassion for those suffering from injustice, and the tolerance for differences that we revealed took people unawares and left them feeling wonder and astonishment? What would be the effect of that? Would they think we were simple or a bit deranged or, perhaps, would we be what Christ called us to be: leaven that would change the whole social system, salt that would give it savor.
Help me to be the change I wish to see.
In what small, particular way can my life astound others with its integrity?
“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk?’
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
-he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
It is fatally easy to think of Christianity as something to be discussed and not as something to be experienced.
Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully.
You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
To think is easy. To act is difficult.
To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don’t matter
and those who matter don’t mind.