September 24, 2019
Scripture: Psalm 119:68
You are good and you do good. Teach me your statutes!
Thought for the Day: This past weekend, I joined the men from the SW Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at the Lake Brownwood Retreat Center. It was a really good event, and Rev. Todd Adams was one of the keynote speakers. I knew Todd back when he was in high school, and now he is the President of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As a minister and participant in the Pension Fund, I am one of Todd’s biggest cheerleaders. In his second keynote, he quoted John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church. Wesley wrote:
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
Do you ever feel like someone summarized all the random and disorganized thoughts you had in your brain? This is one of those moments. And one of Todd’s additional thoughts was to encourage us not to get bogged down in the immensity of the problems we face. Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t discouraging us to think big. But too often we see some extraordinary problem and we think, “If only I could organize 100,000 people, then we could solve…” Maybe I can’t solve it, but maybe all I am asked to do is all the good I can do in all the ways I can do it to all the people I can for as long as I can. That seems to be a good starting place.
Prayer: You have taught us, Merciful Friend of Heaven, what is good and righteous and just. In Jesus, we have seen this good summarized in love. Continue to teach me, and then encourage me to implement what I learn. Amen.
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