Back to Normal

What we find ourselves doing this week is seeing school start back up and work taking a more normal routine. The local college move-in won’t be far behind and our community will resume normal operations until May. Ugh.

So I want to take this moment to consider the verse above and think about all the things we do. We do many things to make others “happy”. I do things around the house to please my wife. I counsel and direct the kids when they need it, but also get them something special if I think they need that too. I go to work and my supervisor appreciates my presence and the fact I do that consistently. I check in with my folks periodically just to make sure they are doing ok. I do a lot of things for a lot of people to make them happy. But this verse reminds me that none of them are my master. In fact, none of them can deliver what I need most.

I need peace. I need grace. I need an Almighty God to look upon me with favor, and not with judgment. I need greater faith, strength to resist temptation, and the hope that comes with eternity. Those are things I truly need. Without them, I will either, even though my outward man appears healthy. My inward man will draw in upon himself and die while I live. I must have, I crave spiritual sustenance, and that can only come from my Lord. Blessed are you when you hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you will be satisfied. I pray today that I would be satisfied in these. For then may I live life more abundantly, the better life than what this world offers.

May you share in this quest with me. God bless!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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