If you know me at all, you know that I live and lead by a creed that I wrote many years ago called The Creed of the Beloved. Today, I want to give you a little bit of background on how the creed came to be. Years ago, I really loved the writings of a Catholic priest named Henri Nouwen. He died in 1996 so I started reading his books well after he passed away. One day I was in the office of one of my mentors and I saw a VHS tape of three sermons Henri Nouwen had preached on the Hour of Power. I had never seen him and I didn’t even know what he looked like, so I asked if I could have the video. As I watched, my respect for him grew deeper, and I was surprised that he spoke on the same principals that had touched me in his writings previously; that you are not what you do, you are not what you have, and you are not what people say about you. Those thoughts captured my attention so fully that I wore the tape out.
From his words, I was inspired to write a prayer that ultimately became the The Creed of the Beloved. As I started praying every day that I’m not what I do, what I say or what I have, I did better things, became a more moral person and had more true spiritual wealth. It’s ironic, but as you and I abandon the things that we do, the things that we have and the things people say about us and simply pursue the heart of God, we do more, we have more and we say better things. Today, you can be a person who rests securely in the great love that the Father has lavished on you, apart from any of your own effort. Isn’t that good news?