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:
- Do for one person what I wish that I could do for everyone, but can’t.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do something really nice – that no one sees or knows about.
- Compliment someone I have a hard time complimenting… and mean it.
- Pause before every potential crisis and ask: “Will this matter in 5 years?”
- 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.
- Learn a skill – like welding – and use it for something redemptive, like turning a machine gun into a farm tool.
- 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.
- 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”.
- Believe in miracles. And live in a way that might necessitate one.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent author, speaker, activist, and founding member of the Simple Way. He is one of the compilers of Common Prayer, a new resource to unite people in prayer and action. Shane is also helping develop a network called Friends Without Borders which creates opportunities for folks to come together and work together for justice from around the world. His most recent book is Red Letter Revolution, which he co-authored with Tony Campolo.
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