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August 18, 2008

Charles Gordon

by Rod Smith

Charles Gordon, pastor, writer and visionary, died on Saturday night. I am one of hundreds of men and woman whom he influenced during his long career at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Durban North. Thank you Charles, many people will crowd the church you loved today to demonstrate their respect for you and to love and support your family. I am one of hundreds more who will do it from a distance.

August 18, 2008

Ten ways to become “more” spiritual….

by Rod Smith

Ten ways to enhance your spirituality…

1. Write about your life in short, honest, vignettes.
2. Get over any accumulated grievances you might be harboring.
3. Forgive everyone, everything.
4. Design, and execute (anonymously) very specific acts of kindness toward those who least expect it from you – especially your enemies*.
5. Create a blueprint for your greater generosity and radical hospitality (embracing those who reject you).
6. Make a list of the people who have most inspired you then find and thank them.
7. Return to your childhood neighborhood even if the memories are painful and everything has changed.
8. Take a “street person” to lunch at an upscale restaurant.
9. Tell your family you love them.
10. Listen more than you talk.

* I’d be very surprised if you are living a very spiritual life at all if you have no enemies!

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