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. People 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.

For only the knowledge that we're understood makes everyday living feel wonderfully good.  Let's 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.

Likewise, 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


I We 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.  ~Helen Steiner Rice~

 

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