Some morning thoughts

The thought for the day is fine if it starts early in the day. We could make a list of all the qualities that are desirable for a person in any given circumstance. The following list should prove helpful for people in general for most any honest position. This list might be thought of as originating from God since they all come from His Book, the Bible. Integrity, honesty and proper direction for each of us can be improved as we work on applying the following directions from God.

As a person thinks in his heart is who he really is. (Proverbs 23:7). The Lord’s name should be praised everyday. (Psalms 113:3). We should be joyful, prayerful and thankful in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). When we fail we should talk to God about it. He will forgive us and cleanse us from every sin (I John 1:9). The days are evil and we should ask God to fill us with His Spirit and live through us (Ephesians 5:16-18). We should read, study and meditate on God’s Word every day (Joshua 1:8,9).

The list could go on and on. It could fill a book. I have many pages of lists with these kinds of references that I use in Bible studies. They are great lessons for teaching in jails and prisons as well as for every day life for each of us. These thoughts work to the degree that we live and practice them. We all have hurdles and hang ups of one kind or another. Mine was being a workaholic. Some of us are slow learners when it comes to applying God’s Word and ideas. Let’s never give up or quit.

For the 2013 Club, May 5 takes us to 1 Kings 11 and Luke 24.

When we read God’s Word, the Bible, slowly, carefully and prayerfully we can find His direction every day.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul’s Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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