We need reminders

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

We get busy in our day to day activities and often forget some significant areas and practices of daily living. The older we get the more we hear comments like: “It just slipped my mind,” or “I just forgot.” The following reminders are reminders that we have sought to remind readers of a few times during the 35-plus years that this column has been written. I only remember to write them when someone or something brings them to my attention. They are primarily what we would call “good Christian practices.”

The following list we could practice from day to day. Practice helps us remember them better. I practice them and sometimes still forget some of them. We should love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as much as ourselves. Who is my neighbor? A good place to get the answer is to ask a Salvation Army volunteer. This tells us to be kind and give preference to others. This does not depend on the other person, it depends on me.

Husbands and wives should love each other like Christ loved us and gave Himself for us. This one should really grab us. Each one of us was involved in driving the nails into His hands and feet to pay for all of our sins. As Good Friday and Easter approach, let’s not forget why God sent our Lord. Let’s not forget that He left the glory of heaven to pay for our failures.

There are three musts that we should practice if we are to please God and be successful. These three musts are heard often by inmates in my  jail ministry. God’s Book emphasizes the need to meditate on His word. He told Joshua to meditate on this Book day and night that he might be careful to follow all that is written in it. He was told that he would then be prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8).

A second area is prayer. Paul told the Thessalonian church to be prayerful all the time (I Thessalonians 5:17). What does prayerful consist of in our lives? Let’s just say that it consists of any honest talking to God or listening to God. The verses before and after 5:17 tell us to be joyful and thankful all of the time.

A third area is getting together with other Christians. Church, Sunday school, Bible studies and prayer groups are all good. We learn from one another. Each can share what God has put in the heart and mind of each participant. This is great fellowship. It is OK to get addicted to God, his Word and living for Him.

Finally let’s never forget that anything good that we are, have or can do came from God. He gets all of the credit, praise and thanks.

For the 2014 club, April 6 takes us to Judges 19 and Luke 10.

Having a joyful, prayerful and thankful two weeks.

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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