First Steps – September 12, 2022

At least once a month I am asked what is more useful, an active life of service for God or a contemplative life in reflective study of God. Though one may phrase the question with different words, the root inquiry is which style of life is better. My answer is always the same, but it normally creates a puzzled look on the face of the inquirer because my answer is “yes.”

Both are useful and needed. Both are united in forming the same yield, a mature follower of Jesus. The more one studies, the more the Holy Spirit will call them to action. The more one acts, the more the Holy Spirit impresses upon them to study. The two are connected the same way that the seasons of the year are connected. One leads to the other only to circle back to the previous.

It is not that Martha was more important than Mary (see Luke 10:38-42) nor Mary more important than Martha. Sitting at the feet of Jesus (Mary) has its place just as creating a hospitable house (Martha). Both are needed to be a disciple of Christ. Therefore, we are people of action just as much as people of reflection. Value each one equally and know that there will be seasons of action and seasons of reflection. Embrace them both.


This Week’s Readings:
Monday – Hebrews 7
Tuesday – Hebrews 8
Wednesday – Hebrews 9
Thursday – Hebrews 10
Friday – Hebrews 11

Prayer Requests:
*Teachers, students, and parents coping with anxiety.
*Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
*Comfort those who are grieving and in distress.
*Wisdom for our leaders as they navigate through uncertain times.
*Guidance for those seeking to find their way.
*Continued Growth Inside and Outside the Walls of St. Paul UMC.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6