I was reading an article on service to our fellow-man when I spotted this quote at the end of the story.
“St. Francis of Assisi often said to his monks, “Wherever you go, preach. Use words if necessary.”
I thought about this for a few minutes, knowing what he meant, but searching my mind on what this says to me personally. The quote was brilliant to say the least, but what it tells me to do is not as easy as one may think. However, it did give me an answer to my difficulty in starting a conversation about our Lord.
I don’t have to speak to spread the word or to serve God, all I have to do is act. The story that lead to this quote was discussing serving our fellow-man in any way we can; clothe the naked, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and visit the sick or imprisoned. Christ said more than once that those who take care of their brother or sister did the same thing for Him.
There is a wonderful story called The Ragman by Walter Wangerin, Jr. that every one should read. Here is a link to the most wonderful story: http://www.angelfire.com/tx2/jbrown/ragman.html.
If we all were able to preach, with or without words, and live the life of a servant of God, what a wonderful world this would be. Even if it’s just a kind word to someone who is feeling down, or helping someone up who has fallen down; there is always something that can be done for someone.
I won’t say it’s going to change to world immediately, but if I do some for someone, and then they do something for someone else, and so on and so on and so on… Eventually there will be so many people doing great things for others that it becomes the norm, not the exception. I dare all of you who read this to find someone in need and help them; then wallow in the wonderful feeling you receive in return, and you will find you want to do it everyday to get that feeling of God Blessed satisfaction. I dare you.
Preach to someone… use words if necessary.