Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is today, wrote in his notes for a law lecture, “resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.” We’ve heard it dozens of times—being is more important than doing. President Lincoln understood that. But for us, it’s all too easy to get lost in the frenzy of so much activity.
In one week, we will have entered the liturgical season of Lent. It’s a good time to observe the mix of being and doing in our own lives. What gets lost in the shuffle? Are we centered and directed by what really matters?
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of this great president. In his 1865 Inaugural Address, he urged, “with malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on.” May he continue to inspire us with his own integrity of being. Happy Birthday, Abe! Pray for us!