#1092 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 28 June 2015.
Writing recently in The New York Times, columnist David Brooks said, “Many of us are clearer about how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.” But occasionally he meets people who “radiate an inner light,” who “seem deeply good,” who listen well and are always thinking of others.
Such people possess “eulogy virtues” in a world that’s often more interested in “resumé virtues.”
Dissatisfied with his own shortcomings, he developed a moral “bucket list” – qualities like honesty about his own weaknesses, rising above self-defeat, relying on others, channeling love and justice; instead of asking, “What do I want out of life?” asking, “What does life require of me?”
The biblical prophet Micah got it right when he said what is required of us is to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). What’s on your moral bucket list?
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.