First Steps – September 19, 2022

September 19, 2022

A wise man once said:
“If we run from one danger, another one will catch us. If we recover from a fever, we have merely been spared suffering paralysis or something. After you have struggled to preserve your life and limbs, you are helpless to hold on to them. Death is inevitable. During the time when Christians were martyred, some denied their Lord to save their own lives. Are any still alive today? They lost everything.

Consider events in the future as already done. They will result in little or nothing, just like events in the past. Think about what remains for you. Either you have God, or you have nothing.”

A bit direct, maybe a little harsh and fatalistic, but worth considering, nonetheless. I like the bit about considering tomorrow’s events as if already taken place. Some things in life we can’t control or dodge, all we can do is decide how we will face them. Consider what remains – either we have God, or we have nothing.

This Week’s Readings:
*Monday – Hebrews 12
*Tuesday – Hebrews 12
*Wednesday – James 1
*Thursday – James 2
*Friday – James 3

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