Monday, October 7, 2013

My Pages

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"You're the only Bible some people will ever read."

This morning at work, as I was taking a very small break from pounding through the piles of paper on my desk {promise}, I was perusing a few of my favorite blogs. This little gem, as cliche as it may sound, struck a chord with me. I read it about four times in a row, highlighted it with my cursor, and stared at it for a minute. Whoa.

Those little words grouped together in that fashion is something I needed to see. If I'm the only Bible some people will ever read, I have some work to do. I don't know about you, but I don't often consider that point of view. As a youth minister, I feel like the only people I influence are the high school kids who sit a few pews down on Sunday mornings, but that's wrong. One hundred percent wrong. I have a direct connection to those awesome kids, but my reach goes beyond them. Anyone who sees me, hears the words I speak, and watches the way I live can be influenced. They may never flip through the pages of the Bible, but if they're paying close attention, they can read every line I have to offer. Sounds like a tall order, doesn't it?

Well, that's because it is:

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." {Matthew 28:19-20}

We're all disciples. Turns out, we're all charged with making disciples, too.

Every word is open to its reader's interpretation, but when I think about being a Bible for others, I don't see it as a call to speak until I'm blue in the face. I see those words as inspiration to think about how I preach with my mouth closed. It's made me stop cold in my tracks to examine whether I live my life in a way that would make Jesus Christ proud.

Simple Answer: not always.

October 4 marked the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi. Funny how that works, right? I had one of my favorite saints in the back of my mind as those words popped up on my screen. "Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." is a quote often attributed to this incredible guy. This, my friends, is something I strive to reach. As a minister, a parent, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and a Catholic, I want to spread the light of Christ to others through the way I live my life, not just my words. I want people to see Christ as a haven because of my pages. The layers of life and love and hope and happiness and forgiveness and tolerance that I try my hardest to portray outside of the church walls. I want to show the world my fruits of the Holy Spirit. I want people to be inspired by the Bible I have to offer. Like I said, I have some work to do.

What about you? What do your pages say?

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