Notes to Myself ~ ~ ~
How do we offer a word of hope to others?
Often we feel we need to say something specific about God.
So we try to come up with ways we can talk about God with our families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. . . or even strangers. Sometimes people are interested in having a conversation about God. At other times, this can come across as judgmental and actually create divisions . . . we can overdo it in our enthusiasm.
Usually the way the Spirit works best is when the word becomes a living word and comes through our very being as love, joy, and peace. These hopeful “fruits of the Spirit” (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control) speak louder than any words
St. Francis of Assisi once said: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”
Perhaps we could find creative ways to BE a message of hope as we become more and more like Christ in our own lives? Perhaps.