I receive a daily message from dotMagis, the blog for Ignatian Spirituality. Most days, I read and contemplate, taking with me a little nugget of wisdom. Every now and again, I find myself knocked over by a simple but profound question. Today was one of those days:
When the priests and Levites questioned John the Baptist in the wilderness, they asked him “Who are you?” John responded by testifying “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” (John 1:19–23)
As we labor in these weeks of Advent, we have the opportunity to face that same question and give our own testimony. Who are you? What is your voice, your life, crying out in the wilderness to proclaim?
This is the desert experience when all our trappings of ego and image are dropped.
Each of us has our own calling, our own message of love to be expressed with our lives. Who are you? What is your voice crying out in the wilderness to proclaim?
John captured his answer in 18 words. Can you capture yours in Facebook post? In a blog comment? In a tweet? In a Christmas card? In a moment of prayer?
Before this message of love can be fully realized at Christmas, we must be able to articulate it at least for ourselves. Who are you? What is your voice crying out in the wilderness to proclaim?
This simple message from author Lisa Kelly left me uncomfortable, squirming in my seat a little. Lisa’s bio gave her roughly 75 words to describe herself. I can do that. But am I as clear as John about who I am? And is the person I claim to be the person God wants me to be?
This was an interesting follow-up to my discovery of a new song this morning. I regularly listen to Google Play Music radio stations to discover new favorite songs. Four songs into a new station, and I found myself deeply moved by the lyrics of Keep Making Me by Sidewalk Prophets:
I found myself asking, “Am I still full of my will?” A question I ask often. I find that I am most happy and most fulfilled when I submit to God’s will and have faith in the plans he has for me. Only when I take back control does my life fly off the rails. Lately, I have also been asking myself, “Who am I?” I deeply desire to be the person God made me to be, so I ask God every day to strip away the persona I created and to reveal the person I was before the world shaped me, the person he intended me to be.
So… Here is my attempt at describing myself in 18 words or less:
I am a Christian Leader called to evangelize for the Episcopal Church through service, education, and servant leadership.
How did I do? Give it a shot yourself, and if you’re comfortable enough… Share!