Dr. Billy Graham once said that we are the bibles the world is reading; we are
the creeds the world is needing and we are the sermons the worlds is heeding.
The way to impress people
is not by
telling them how great we are. We make more impact when we listen
to them rather than when they listen to us.
need people and friends need friends. And we all need love, for a full
life depends not on vast riches or great acclaim, not on success or on
worldly fame, but just in knowing that someone cares and holds us close
in their thoughts and prayer.
only the knowledge that we're understood makes everyday living feel
learn how St. Francis preached and converted sinners from the following events.
St. Francis of Assisi one day said to several of his followers, “ Let us go to
the village over the way and preach.” As they went, they met a humble pedestrian
who was greatly burdened. Francis was in no hurry and listened
carefully to his tale of woe.
When the village was reached, Francis talked with the shopkeepers, spent time
with the farmers at their fruit and vegetable stalls, and played with the
children in the streets.
The morning gone, the group reached the monastery from where they had set out in
the early morning. One of the followers, who was greatly disappointed, said to
Francis, "Brother Francis, you said you were going to preach. The morning is
spent and no sermon has been given." He saintly replied, "But we have
been preaching all the way. Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal,
eloquence or learning.”
according to the great Mohandas Gandhi (commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi), "If all Christians acted like Christ,
the whole world would be Christian."
We are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day, by deeds that we do, by words that
we say. Men read what we write, whether faithless or true; let us say
the Gospel that we believe is true. People are won to our religious beliefs less
by description than by demonstration.
Love and the unity it attests to, is the mark Christ gave Christians to wear
before the world. Only with this mark may the world know that Christians are
indeed Christians and that Jesus was sent by the Father
rob ourselves of life's greatest need when we lock up our hearts and
fail to heed the outstretched hand reaching to find a kindred spirit
whose heart and mind are lonely and longing to somehow share our joys
and sorrows and to make us aware that life's completeness and richness
depends on the things we share with our loved ones and friends.