Another year is passing by

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

January, 2014 will soon be history. Have I or am I accomplishing what is satisfying. Income tax planning, preparation and filing is always a hurdle. A good tax person can be a big help. Eating, exercising and attitude can help make us feel better. They aid in keeping good physical and mental healthy.

If we have a fairly large family, their employment and financial condition is very important. Yesterday, we had lunch with a granddaughter who just received a promotion with a 10.5 percent pay increase. She was naturally very pleased. She graduated from college a few years ago with high honors. Competition can still be a significant hill to climb in the employment world. We naturally hope for the best for our families. This can and should cover many and perhaps all areas of their lives.

The most significant part of our lives is the spiritual realm. The other areas are temporal. The spiritual part is eternal. Actually, the spiritual intermixes with all the other areas. It is doubtful if any of the above areas can be isolated. Decisions, discipline, attitudes, practice and more determine how we do. Whenever we go to the memorial service of an elderly person we have memories. If they were Godly individuals we have special joy. Yes, sorrow and joy can mingle and mix. They could be smiling down on us. We will not know until we get there, if we do get there. The door is open to all who will say yes, Lord.

The following are just a few of the instructions that God gave us in His Word. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it tells us to be joyful and prayerful all the time and to be thankful in everything. God told a Godly Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night (Joshua 1:8, 9). We are also told to consider one another with love and good works by coming together and encouraging each other (Hebrews 10:24, 25). This is best accomplished in church, Sunday school, Bible studies, prayer groups and the like. If you haven’t started reading the Bible yet, reading three chapters in the Old Testament each day and one in the New Testament will get you through in 2014.

For the 2014 club, Feb. 9 takes us to Leviticus 9 and Matthew 25.

I’d rather be ahead than behind. It always feels good. Have a good year. Oh yes, encourage your family to be in church, read their Bibles and pray.

- 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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