The technician walks to the church pulpit to test the microphone and the loud speaker system. He or she is responsible for making sure the amplifier is turned on, that the microphone is working, that the volume is set at a comfortable level, and that all speakers are operational. When the system is functional, the church service can proceed.
Each of us is tested every day, Did we dress correctly for the day’s activities? Did we review our assignment for today? A speech, perhaps? An important meeting with your supervisor? A sales call on a customer? Do you know where you are going and your time schedule? Do you have your paperwork done? Are you in the right frame of mind to accept today’s challenges?
These are normal daily activities, and we learn along life’s way how to plan activities and meet obligations. We make every attempt to teach our children how to accomplish these tasks so they will be prepared for adulthood.
But, we must acknowledge that we, and our children, in all probability will face unexpected difficult and challenging circumstances along life’s journey. Did you know that Beethoven was deaf, that Homer, the Greek poet, was blind, and that the author Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was told by an editor that she had no writing ability? Do we have the strength to face adversity? Are we teaching our children to be stalwart?
I propose that we also need to ask ourselves four key questions that will help us evaluate our personal and religious life. I am indebted to the book “The Charles L. Allen Treasury” for these insights. The author suggests that each of us need to develop the habit of answering these questions each day:
1. Is there something I did yesterday for which I need forgiveness?
2. What am I thankful for this day?
3. What would God want me to do today?
4. For whom shall I pray today?
Christ did not come to us to eliminate life’s problems. He came to create a foundation that will help us build character with which to face life’s challenges. I wish you God spede today.