Prayer team meets today at 1 pm. (This, by the way, is not a closed group. We are happy to welcome more to this ministry that we consider foundational to everything else our church does.) We always begin with a devotion. The one we read last week is too good not to share here.
A comic strip created by Charles Schulz addresses the need for each of us to make the most of the immediate present in our lives: Charlie Brown is seen at bat. STRIKE THREE. He has struck out again and slumps down on the players’ bench. He says, “Rats! I’ll never be a big-league player. I just don’t have it! All my life I’ve dreamed of playing in the big leagues, but I know I’ll never make it.” Lucy turns to console him. “Charlie Brown,” she says, “you’re thinking too far ahead. What you need to do is set yourself more immediate goals.” Charlie Brown looks up and asks, “Immediate goals?” Lucy responds, “Yes, Start with this next inning when you go out to pitch. See if you can walk out to the mound without falling down.” The first step toward walking into any future is the step that you take today. Make it a forward . . . positive . . . springy and light-hearted . . . energetic . . . well-aimed . . . purposeful step. The steps you take today become the well-worn path of tomorrow.
It’s good not to fall down. It’s better to step forward, whether you fall down or not. Where do you need to step forward today?