God’s instructions for daily living

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

When we make something, we should know how to use it. If we believe that God created heaven and earth, we should accept His instructions for living on earth. Fortunately, He gave us a detailed guidebook on how to live. This includes lists of both dos and don’ts.

Those of us who went to confirmation classes or similar religious instructions probably learned more don’ts than dos. We memorized and quoted or wrote the Ten Commandments as required Bible teaching. We also memorized The Lord’s Prayer and probably the Apostles Creed. I can’t personally remember spending a lot of time discussing God’s dos for us.

As the years have come and gone some things have changed. Seventy years have passed since my confirmation. Don’ts have decreased and dos have increased. If we pursue the dos, the don’ts for the most part take care of themselves. It is like a little child learning to walk. The more they walk, the less they tend to crawl. Walking becomes a do. Crawling becomes a don’t.

The following is a list of God’s dos. In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, we are told to be joyful. prayerful and thankful all of the time. Can we imagine just being joyful, prayerful and thankful. Let’s give it a try and see what it feels like. In Joshua 1:8, 9, God told Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night to be prosperous and successful. I try to walk a few miles each day. It is an excellent time to mix meditating, reviewing scripture verses and praying. At 83 year of age a lot of effort and helps make a difference. We need all the help we can get.

Finally, we come to the two big commandments. They are given in several places in God’s Word, Mark 12:29-31 makes it very clear. There is only one God and we are to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are love our neighbor equal to ourselves. The net result of all this is to serve and please God and seek to be kind and helpful to those around us. Let’s have a prayerful, joyful, thankful and loving two weeks.

For the 2014 club, Aug. 10 takes us to Psalms 89 and Romans 10.

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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