How to Preach

Way back in the 13th century, St. Francis of Assisi said “preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”

I have found that sometimes, people come to me for advice and I really don’t know what to say. Other times, they ask me a question and all my mental and spiritual cylinders are clicking. Whatever the problem, I see all the way around it and am able to say the right thing in the right way at the right time and make a lasting, positive impact.

Part of me would like to believe that this is just the way it is. No matter how good an athlete is, it’s just not possible to win every point, play, or contest. We’re human: writers have blocks, salespeople have slumps, movie directors bomb, surgeons remove the wrong organ….but all of that only means that there is room for improvement.

 The counsel I give you on Thursday has a lot to do with my state of mind Tuesday and Wednesday. If the preacher really wants to tear the house down Sunday morning, the preceding Thursday is a great time to cultivate loving, profound thoughts and biblical mastery.  The best of the best never turn it on and off based on who is or isn’t watching. They simply are the best.

By the way, Wayne Dyer, who happens to be one of my favorite authors, believes he is a reincarnation of St. Francis.


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