Rector's Letter for March 2002

 My dear friends,

 I will never reach the end of my "to do" list.  As fast as I tick one thing off the top, another two items are added at the bottom.

 There is one particularly vulnerable category of task, namely "the important but not urgent".  It is the easiest thing in the world to say "Well I really want to do it but I suppose it doesn't have to be done today".  And so it is put off for a day or a week, but sometimes the weeks stretch out into years.

 Twenty years ago I resolved to read The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, one of the great spiritual classics.  Important?  Of course.  Urgent?  Well, no.  I eventually started reading it last week.  I admit I have only got to page three, but it's a start!

 One of the calls of Lent is to withdraw from the pressing urgency of our "to do" lists, just as Christ withdrew to the wilderness.  Perhaps very few of us are in a position where our responsibilities for family or business allow us 40 days and 40 nights of prayer and fasting.  But we can all use the time of Lent to rise above the urgent clamour and attend to the deeply important.   For me it has been to read a 500 years old classic of Spirituality, but it could equally be to attend a course, build a friendship or seek an answer to the question that might just change my life if I let it.

 Life is too short to leave the truly important things for 20 years at a time.

 Jeff Cuttell.

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