Forgetting so soon

Each year at our retired faculty luncheon Kathryn Wingate is our hero. She is 102 plus years young. Her answers are cute: “Pray a lot, smile a lot and dance a lot.” She covers the spiritual, the emotional and the physical. We all know about eating a good diet, getting enough exercise, keeping a positive attitude and following God’s Spiritual program.

Maybe we should make a sign to remind us what to do each day. By nature or habit we do some things better than others. Daily exercise and a diet of fruits, vegetables and cereals are almost automatic for me most days. A friendly hi or hello is a long time habit. Reading my long time self assigned devotional materials are like an assignment to be finished. Although important, none of these are most important. Being a physical fitness guy, a workaholic or a perpetual student can come naturally.

The most important things to remember are the eternal things, those given by God. His Word lays them out for us. Often a day or two go by and I am reminded that they have been short changed. The following lists some reminders. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to be joyful all the time, be prayerful all the time and be thankful in all circumstances. Verse 18 tells us to stay away from all evil. Psalms 113:3 tells us that the Lord’s name should be praised from sunrise to sunset. Joshua 1:8 & 9 tells us that to be prosperous and successful, we should meditate on God’s Word day and night.

Between what we know and what God has prescribed we have plenty to remember and practice. I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget and get lax in some areas of life. It is easy to soon forget.

For the 2013 Club, Aug. 25 takes us to Psalms 127 and I Corinthians 7.

Let’s hang in there. Life goes by quickly.

 

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail, He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.

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