It's January 22; Good Morning Union

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

Who gets the credit? That is one of the most revealing questions in the journey with Jesus that I continue to ask. My culture and my society bombard me with the idea that it’s all about me and I deserve to have what I want, get what I want, do what I want, be what I want as long as I like it. It’s all about me. That can lead to pride when I “succeed” at any or all of that, or it can lead to depression and giving up when I fail at any or all of that.

Humility is not posturing myself to get walked on by whomever whenever. It’s recognizing that life is not all about me and that the more I can deflect praise from that which I accomplish the more support I will have at the times when I can’t accomplish all that I hope for. If God does great things through me then He gets the glory until HE decides that it is better that I get it. I don’t have to worry about success, I have to focus on contentment in doing my best, knowing that God takes that “best” and does even better with it, either for others or for me.

Pride has to rank up there toward the top of the sin charts, because it focuses attention on me which distracts it from God. God calls us to humility, giving someone else the credit, and that someone, under positive circumstances is Him, not because He needs it to protect His ego, but because HE is the one who knows best how to help me and all those I influence turn to the right place for the best possible results. He’ll take care of me, and at the proper time recognize me, not for what I have done, but for what HE has done through me. It’s the safest way I have found to respond to life!

Have a great day deflecting to God,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: "It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks." Thomas Edison

PS Hour of Power, prayer meeting, at the church @ 7pm in the Heritage Room. All are welcome.

PPS Looking for some volunteer hours for a class? Here are some options I have been accumulating over Christmas break!

1.            A lady needs a ride to church from 23rd and E to CVC. Baptized two years ago and has no transportation but really wants to get back to church.

2.            Play the carillon on Friday night and Sabbath

3.            Help a lady at CVC who has an autistic child that she just needs some help with in supervision during Sabbath School.

4.            Someone or ones to help a lady take care of her horses.

There’ll be more, but those are the ones I’ve heard about recently. If you’re interested reply or stop by!