Dear Hyde Park Family,
In case you need a reminder, today is Thursday.
These days and weeks just seem to linger and blur together, don’t they?
So, for today’s Midweek Message, I offer you a simple set of ten biblical principles that you can claim and adopt into your life. They will not only help you pass the time; they will also help you make the most of every moment.
1. Look to God for refuge, comfort, and protection.
“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:9)
2. Keep your priorities straight; focus on what is most important.
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
3. If the plans you were looking forward to have changed, trust that God sees the bigger picture.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15)
4. Look for beauty today. God’s splendor is all around you; you just have to notice it.
“He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
5. Do the best you can in every given moment. God’s wisdom will see you through.
“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
6. Look for ways that this situation might make you stronger.
“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” (James 1:2-3)
7. Savor each day as if it were your last.
“Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” (Psalm 39:4)
8. Practice wisdom with strangers; offer them patience, compassion, and generosity.
“Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.” (Colossians 4:5)
9. No matter how long the days might seem, remember God is in it with you.
“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9)
10. Remember: all of this is temporary.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
On behalf of the clergy, staff, and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I continue to wish you safety and health as we make it through these days together.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist