Ministry Updates for Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

 Scripture – Matthew 6:33

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

 Reflection – Where the Road Leads

Someone once told me that they never applied for a job in their life. They said they simply spent their time doing what they cared about and the jobs found them. Given most of us would rather not go through the rigors of preparing a resume, attending multiple job interviews, and receiving the rejections which can follow, this seems like something to consider.

 Jesus, preaching on worry, said if we seek God and his righteousness (or his right-making) as our top priority, all of the other things we need (food, clothing, shelter), but often worry too much about, would take care of themselves. Can we really live this way?

 Worry is one of the distractions along the way. It is one of the hurdles that can cause us to ‘quit’ (see yesterday’s Faith Connection).

 Living with hope means regardless of the setbacks, regardless of the fears and worries, regardless of the betrayals, we keep our eye on where the road leads. It leads to life. It leads to purpose and hope and meaning. It leads to the kingdom of God.

 Is there something you can do today to shed your concerns about yourself or your future, and simply look for the hand of God at work in the world? Maybe you can enjoy the outdoors, or call a friend in need, or light a candle and spend time in prayer?

 God has our future in his hands. God has our being in his heart. So why not spend time today seeking his kingdom in our homes, our friendships, our workplaces, our church, and our community.


God of this pilgrimage called life, help us take time today to step back from the details, the distractions, and the worries. Lead us to take one step back from our lives so we can see them more clearly and see you more clearly at work in them.  Give us the courage to trust that when we seek you and your kingdom, we will find all we need and all that you hope for us. Amen.