Looking Around, Looking Ahead

I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2

First the morning routine: check the emails, grab a coffee, and jump into the day of ministry, if it hasn’t knocked on the door already. The ministry life, for clergy and clergy family members, can be one that quickly focuses your attention on the here and now, making it difficult to take a breath and think about where you are, and where you are looking forward to being.

It can be easier in some ways, to just focus on the list for the day, but I’d like to take these few minutes to share two thoughts that I hope will encourage you wherever you are in your week, and a song that sums them both up.

This Psalm describes God as the Craftsman of the Universe and therefore the ultimate source of help. Help from God is not limited to getting schedules or get meetings done, but help whenever help is needed. It’s a wide and  incredible creation, and its Author can be called upon in any area of our lives, big or small, and will give only the best help.
You aren’t alone.

Secondly, God has prepared a place where the lists of seemingly unending expectations and tasks will end - and you will be truly satisfied. I’m encouraged
that this time of ministry is not unending, even when it feels like it. There is a destination, and the same God who made this world so well has given us a
yearning for a finer place, and through Jesus, will lead us Home in good time. 

These thoughts encourage me to look to God for the best in all areas of my life, and that God’s got a good chapter in mind for my future with Him. I hope you enjoy the song, it’s one of my favourites.

God bless,
Matt Stevens