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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Where to start ?

Many people each day ask this very simple question, where to start? Where to start homework, company projects, beginning a diet, working on a program, driving to a destination, and even embarking on a relationship with God. Where to start when wanting to join a church or participate in a ministry. Chances are at one point or another we have all asked ourselves or someone close this question. The truth is if we don't start we can never accomplish anything, the longest journey begins with that first step. So where to start? Start everything with love, start everything with the intentions of helping and succeeding. The text I've chosen for reflection speaks to this love, lets look:

Hebrews 10: 19-25
19My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place 20by a new way that leads to life! And this way takes us through the curtain that is Christ himself. 21We have a great high priest who is in charge of God's house. 22So let's come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let's keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water. 23We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us. 24We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. 25Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer.

The writer of the text from Hebrews reminds us that we should have courage from Christ, not to be ashamed or timid but to take the first step. The text shows us that when we start we aren't in it alone, rather there are many on the same journey as us. We must uplift, love and hold tight to one another. Striving for success on the journey. WHERE TO START? Start at vs. 24, start by encouraging each other together taking steps in love, strides in positivity and leaps in faith. Then watch how quick you arrive at your destination.

Whatever you are questioning today, whatever the journey you are contemplating grab someone and set out on your way. Remember all living things need each other to survive. The writer of the text knew the bond of fellowship and community that new believers would have needed to survive the weight of living as an early Christian. Friends the same is true today! Indeed we need each other so let's build together and not destroy by words or actions, we can't do it alone.

God thank you for coverings us with Christ given confidence, now help us help one another as we embark on new and bold journeys to build your kingdom and fulfill our lives. This is our prayer, Amen.

Until next time, love

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