Sometimes it’s a child who shows us the way

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “… and a child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Sometimes it’s a child who shows us the way”
For all my years as a Pastor I have always had the habit of praying on Friday mornings, by name, for every member, attender, and recent visitor in our church. I use the pictorial directory, and I also refer to a written list for those I don’t have a picture of. I think about the person, consider any special needs in their life, and then I pray for them.
This past Sunday (New Years Day), in children’s church, the children made a list of their New Years resolutions. Then they brought them to me after the worship service and asked if, when I prayed for them, would I pray that God would help them to keep their resolutions? I was touched and honored. And of course, I will pray for those issues for them.
The lists were cute and contain the kinds of things you would expect from young children – obey my parents, be nice to my brother or sister, do better in school, and, admirably (considering the age we live in), spend less time on my cell phone.
Isaiah 11:6 is about the Christ-child not about your child. And yet, it is true that often children lead us as adults to be aware of important things we might be missing. In this case, the children understand the importance of having goals for personal improvement, and writing them down. Not to mention the importance of asking other people to pray for you to achieve your goals.
Have you begun the New Year with a list of goals and objectives? I mean things to accomplish or ways to improve? If not, I encourage you to do so. Too often we end up wandering willy-nilly through our days, just shuffling along without giving a lot of thought to where we’re headed, what we’re accomplishing, and how we’re using our time. The old saying “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time” is really true. If you’re attempting nothing, you’ll accomplish nothing.
We humans thrive when our lives have clear purpose and good structure. I encourage you to prayerfully set some goals for achievement and improvement in 2023. And, if you would like me to pray for those things for you, just send them to me. I’ll gladly include your list of resolutions right along with the lists from the children.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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