“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17 NIV
As I am half-way through my ninth year at Carolina Christian College it has been an amazing journey. It has been a blessing to work with students, faculty and staff . . . many of whom came from far away places such as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Boston, Massachusetts while others from the immediate area. As a history instructor here I love two quotes from history my students here from me on a regular basis. The first is from Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis lived in the late 1100’s AD and among other things is known as the Patron Saint of animals (which makes him my wife’s favorite saint!). The quote I love from him is “Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words.” To me that quote can go hand-in-hand with the Colossians 3:17 scripture quoted above.
My other quote I often use is from Mahatma Gandhi who was an amazing leader of India who lived from 1869-1948. Gandhi began his non-violent resistance movement based on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 paying close attention to turning the other cheek and going the extra mile. These ideas were studied later in the 20th century by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and used in the Civil Rights Movement of America. Gandhi lived in an India controlled by Great Britain a Christian nation. Gandhi’s quote was “I would be a Christian were it not for the Christians.” I hope in my life as a Christian and as a Dean of Students at Carolina Christian College that more people would see the words of St. Francis in me more than they would see the words of Gandhi. I once heard a song entitled “I’d Rather See a Sermon” . . . the chorus goes “I’d rather see a sermon then hear one any day, I’d rather one walk with me than merely show the way. Actions speak much louder than all the words can say, I’d rather see a sermon then to hear one any day.” May we all live a life in which all that we do is to bring glory to God.