God has the answer

By Art Swarthout | Jun 09, 2014

So what is the question? It may be expressed by all persons in a variety of ways and words.

Why am I alive? What am I supposed to be doing with the life that is mine? How am I doing right now with my life?

Draw near to God and the purpose for your life will be freshly revealed, maybe redirected.

Think carefully: “I am at the beginning of the rest of my life. What will I do with it? Do I need to make any changes? How can I venture out of my comfort zone to help others in the name of Christ?”

A recent Sunday school lesson was centered on ways Christians can be the hands and feet, the eyes and ears, of Jesus in this world. According to St. Mark’s good news, Jesus reminds us that our God is one Lord. We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our beings, with all our minds and with all our strength.

And Jesus adds, “Love your neighbors as yourself. Mother Teresa has suggested “if you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, is often credited with these familiar lines: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” I have found this little chorus an affirmation of how to live as God intended we should.

A sign in a local restaurant reads: “Life is like a cup of coffee. It’s all in how you make it.”

What a challenge for each and all of us. Learn to make good coffee and the good life.

Yes, God has the answer, but we are the folks who must live that answer. Life is a spiritual journey. Enjoy the whole trip. Let God do the driving. He knows the way.

Join me in prayer as we approach Trinity Sunday June 15 — Almighty and everlasting God, help us to know you in the three glorious expressions of your being — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — that we may share in your one and eternal glory. Keep us steadfast, Oh God, in faith and service, that in us the fullness of your glory may take bodily expression. Amen.”

Reach Art Swarthout at abswarthout@bellsouth.net.