Let’s really care everyday

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

There is an old hymn that states that yesterday is gone and tomorrow may not come. It may have been many years since we last heard it. The truth of it never changes — make the most of today. Occasionally, we meet people who think mostly about the past or the future. Certainly our past failures and victories can help us today. Likewise what we do today can have a significant  affect for our future.

Remember those students who cared little about their studies in school? Do you also remember those kids who always seemed to study and worked hard. They sort of messed up the curve for the rest of us.

Sometimes the teacher had to bend the grading curve. It was my privilege to teach advanced science students for many years. You don’t use the bell curve when grading mostly A and B students. The bell curve gave 10 percent As, 20 percent Bs, 40 percent Cs, 20 percent Ds and 10 percent Fs.

Hopefully the old bell curve has long ago been put in the garbage disposal. We can be quite sure that God does not use it on us. Likely we do grade ourselves. When we have our evening devotions, my dear wife Norma and I generally thank God for another good day. We visit residents in care centers who express gratitude for another good day. They may be thankful for simply being alive.

Regardless of our age or circumstance we can remember that God is always available. He wants to be our friend and companion and Lord. He often uses other people to fellowship with us. Whatever our past or future, we can all make today count for something. Being a walker gives me opportunities to meet people on the sidewalks. A little smile and a “Hi, how are you doing today” is simple to say.

It may well tell someone that we care about them. Let’s not forget that our Lord cares about us every hour of every day. He is our perfect example.

For the 2014 club, May 25 takes us to I Chronicles 16 and John 9.

Let’s remember to read our Bibles and pray everyday.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail. He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.


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