Rev. Doug was honored for 50 years in the ministry. When he spoke to the congregation he said, â€œYou are all ministersâ€
I knew exactly what he meant.
While there may be schooling required for human organizations, that is not needed to walk the walk.
Someone who becomes a minister doesnâ€™t need the qualification of enlightenment, just of intention.
The intention of living according to certain ideals and sharing those beliefs.
Our path and our words speak our sermons whether we like it or not.
Nowhere is that more obvious than with children.
Which is why every parent is charged with a parish.
The flock may be small, but it is still a huge task.
But the same is true with everyone we encounter. Even professionally.
Even at the mall, in a restaurant, in a bar.
How do you interact with people? Do you gift them respect? Do you listen? Do you speak honestly?
I realize that those goals may not be a part of your jobâ€¦ but COULD they be?
A smile in the hall. A thank you. A half a bagel. A sincere question about their kidâ€™s baseball game? Embracing the people around you (metaphorically) with warmth.
Im not talking about being preachy. Iâ€™m talking about being aware that your path IS your message. So choosing to make that message one of integrity and love. It takes almost no more effort to do soâ€¦.just a shift in your focus.
You may not get thanked for it, but it does make a difference.
Being a minister isnâ€™t a role that occurs in churches while wearing a uniform.
It is an inherent part of being a human.
Every interaction is an exchange of energy on some level.
Every interaction has the potential to be infused with love.
Every time you smile at someone. Every time you listen. Every time you acknowledge someone, you are acting as â€œclergy.â€
The only question is, what message will you preach?