It’s almost time for a new start. A clean year lies before us–filled with all kinds of new possibilities.
It will be up to each of us to decide how we are going to fill each day–and whether in 365 days we will look back with joy or regret…or a mixture of both (which is actually far more likely).
My dad had a poem he often used in his sermons. There are several versions of it around, but his went something like this:
You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day
By the things that you do and the words that you say.
Men read what you write, whether faithless or true.
Say, what is the gospel according to you?
So…as we start 2013, what is the gospel that you will be sharing? There’s another thought that comes from the Franciscans…it’s sometimes attributed to St. Francis, but while it catches up his philosophy, he apparently never said it in this particular form. But it’s very similar to what my dad used to share: “Preach the Gospel at all times; use words if necessary.”
I want 2013 to be a year in which people come to recognize the Gospel–the Good News–by the life that I live. I’ll use words if necessary, but hopefully they won’t be needed.
Will you join me?