From the book Twisted by the Wind by Tom Hays
I don't know where this “ministry” will eventually lead. I only know that I have a calling, and I have to follow … wherever it leads. Presently, I feel it is to provide enlightenment and encouragement to others around me; to somehow have a positive influence on their daily life, to open doors of understanding, and compassion.
It is not important to me what your particular religious or spiritual beliefs are, nor do I want to make you believe mine. The important thing is we both have them, and there are probably many more similarities than differences. I happen to feel that a superior power, known by many names, including God, resides within us and can be called upon at any time.
To me, being a good or "Christian" person is not so much about "talking the talk" as it is about "walking the walk". It is a way to live life, some variation of the golden rule, wherein we live in such a way that we treat others the way they would like to be treated ... and to not let them change us when they don't do the same for us.
My prayer is to be able to find ways to live a better life, with more kindness, more compassion, more understanding, more fulfillment and more smiles. I ask the Great Spirit for those things, for me, and for you.
- Reverend Tom -