Thursday, December 23, 2010

Measuring Success

It all seems so pointless to get caught up in feeling good about a day if everything is accomplished by nighttime.  All the emails are read and responded to, pastoral calls made, people encountered, liturgies celebrated, paperwork taken care of, thank-you notes written.  It never ends:  what's the point of trying to measure success by whether or not we've finished all these things--because they never end?  Surely there is another measure.  How about considering successful a day in which we could be truly present to the people who walk into it?

William Holman Hunt, "The Light of the World,"  reproduction

For each person carries Christ within; being present to each person means being present to God.  Surely the shape of our lives and our ministries will look different if we can live in this way, not ticking off the to-do list items, but instead taking time, being with, treating each person as Christ.