“Sir Thomas More: Why not be a teacher? You’d be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one.
Richard Rich: If I was, who would know it?
Sir Thomas More: You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that.”
I am a big fan of Richard Bolt’s play and the Academy Award Winning Movie, A Man for All Seasons.
I have quoted Bolt’s words several times in the Pew before, but a dear friend reminded me of the above the other day especially “Not a bad public that.”
During Lent, I often forget my audience. I wear my discipline on my sleeve seeking approval, otherwise who would know my sacrifice, my service, or my prayers.
This first week of Lent I need to tell myself and “my public” the answer to the question should be: “Myself, my friends, God.”