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Personal Pulpits – HugNation 11.20.07 (Video) – John Styn

Rev. Doug was honored for 50 years in the ministry. When he spoke to the congregation he said, “You are all ministers”

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 doesn’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 job… but COULD they be?

A smile in the hall. A thank you. A half a bagel. A sincere question about their kid’s baseball game? Embracing the people around you (metaphorically) with warmth.

Im not talking about being preachy. I’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 so….just a shift in your focus.

You may not get thanked for it, but it does make a difference.

Being a minister isn’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 “clergy.”

The only question is, what message will you preach?

  • Christine

    You rock! Bummed I missed the live hug (day tripping with my kids) but thankful for the archives. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Trula

    I loved this show halcyon, this is great. I put it on my blog. This is exactly what I needed to hear today, thank you!

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