13 Hopes for 2013

Happy New Year

Each year I remix some of my hopes and dreams for the New Year, bringing some from last year and adding a few new ones.  Here’s the latest remix:

  1. Do for one person what I wish that I could do for everyone, but can’t.
  2. Practice resurrection.  Make ugly things beautiful and bring dead things back to life.  Paint a new mural in our neighborhood.  And make some cool stuff out of trash.  Look for God in the unlikely places.
  3. Interrupt death.  Do something regularly to interrupt the patterns of violence, bullying, war, capital punishment and other mean and ugly things. Maybe we can see another few states in the US abolish the death penalty in 2013.
  4. Give more money away than I keep.  And do it in a way that takes away the power of money and celebrates the power of love.
  5. Write letters and notes to people, letting them know I am thankful for them.  Write a note asking for forgiveness from someone I need to ask to forgive me.
  6. Do something really nice – that no one sees or knows about.
  7. Compliment someone I have a hard time complimenting… and mean it.
  8. Pause before every potential crisis and ask:  “Will this matter in 5 years?”
  9. Get outdoors often.  And enjoy things like fireflies and shooting stars.  Take someone to the beach or the mountains for their first time. And regularly get my hands into the garden… so when I type on the computer I can see dirt under my fingernails.
  10. Learn a skill – like welding – and use it for something redemptive, like turning a machine gun into a farm tool.
  11. Rather than emphasizing the best of myself and finding the worst in others – let me work on the worst in myself and look for the best in others.
  12. Be aware – and beware — of blessings.  Do something to abstain, fast, or delay gratification.  And do something to indulge in a gift of God.  Then do something to end inequality and move the world toward God’s dream for every person to have “this day our daily bread”.
  13. Believe in miracles.  And live in a way that might necessitate one.

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Shane ClaiborneShane Claiborne is a Red Letter Christian and a founding partner of The Simple Way, a radical faith community in Philadelphia. His most recent book, Executing Grace was released in June.View all posts by Shane Claiborne →

  • Love this list!

  • Drew

    Some of this is just hippy nonsense, but I found myself in agreement with most of the list. Well done.

  • mbway

    Looking at dirt under the nails when typing–that’s a good reminder to get off the keyboard for a while.

  • Wonderful.

  • Your first hope inspired my one word for 2013. Such a great perspective to keep us from getting frustrated, hopeless, or overwhelmed.

  • Andy

    One of my hopes is that the emergent church submerges.

  • Daithi Duly

    Shane can I get some clarification on how someone is saved? Mother Teresa seemed to believe a universalistic position, in her book Life in the Spirit: Reflections, Meditations and Prayers she says

    “We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this better men — simply better — we will be satisfied. It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life — his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way to salvation.” (Pages 81-82)

    Where as Jesus makes it clear that “No man comes to the father except through me”

    Also I noticed you called Steve Chalke a “Brother” yet Chalke denies the Atonement writing

    “The fact is that the cross isn’t a form of cosmic child abuse—a vengeful father, punishing his son for an offence he has not even committed. Understandably, both people inside and outside of the church have found this twisted version of events morally dubious and a huge barrier to faith. Deeper than that, however, is that such a construct stands in total contradiction to the statement “God is love.” If the cross is a personal act of violence perpetrated by God towards humankind but borne by his son, then it makes a mockery of Jesus’ own teaching to love your enemies and refuse to repay evil with evil. The truth is the cross is a symbol of love. It is a demonstration of just how far God as Father and Jesus as his son are prepared to go to prove that love. The cross is a vivid statement of the powerlessness of love.”

    While Isaiah says
    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

    I just want to have this cleared up Shane as I feel that it is of significant importance. Not out of hate but Love!

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