By Steve Botsford
One of the most important things we do is send messages. Emails. Texts. Facebook messages. And if we call someone and they don’t answer, we leave them a message.
We prepare little elevator speeches and messages hoping to pique someone’s interest enough to follow up with us for more information. And sometimes we may only have a minute or 140 characters to convey the best possible message.
Effective messaging is an art, and most messages we create are for our own interest and benefit.
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace,” (1 Pt 4:10).
Effective stewardship means managing resources that are for the common good – the good of others. We have received a glorious gift that can benefit all people, the gift of faith. Today’s readings remind us of the eternal message, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). This message is the foundation of our faith.
Now it’s easy to become sidetracked by programs, procedures and problem-solving. In our abundance of information and communication we can get lost in our own messages. Today, Paul and John help us focus on what the true message really is. To know the Father we must first know Jesus.
In the midst of preparing messages for our daily business, let’s not forget the Main Thing– we are disciples of Christ. All of our activities must lead others to know the One who is the Way to eternal life, which begins here on earth.
We are Jesus’ hands and feet, face and spokesperson. Our actions are Jesus’ actions. After all, whoever has seen us has seen the Father (John 14: 6b, 9c).
Jesus, help me to be ready to use our messages to communicate the good news found only in you.
Steve Botsford is a husband, father, catechist, educational consultant, blogger, and game designer.