Show them how to live


This blog post was published on Wednesday 29 August 2018.

‘Mama, I don’t want to keep people from dying; I want to show them how to live!’

Those words arrived in my ears that day with the power of an Isaianic oracle.  In the middle of the sea storm those words redefined my vocation.  All the people around me were advising me to do good things, to help a lot of people with their problems, to be successful. ... That was not what I wanted at all.  I had never wanted it, really.  I didn’t want to keep people from dying; I wanted to show them how to live.

Eugene Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant, 47.