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Updated: Feb 16, 2023

“Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him;” Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a

I can be a little bit of a loner and struggle to ask for help. In my formative years, I learned that asking for help was a sign of weakness.

That didn’t serve me well when I was thrust into single-parenting after the father of my children died when they were young. It was painfully isolating. At times, I’d rely on someone for help, and they’d let me down which only reinforced my self-sufficient ways.

I’ve learned the hard way, and more than once, that the speediest path toward burnout is feeling like you carry the burden alone. I’m guessing I am not the only one who has felt this.

Choose life and so that you and those who come after you may live!

Choosing life is choosing to love, obey and hold fast to God first and foremost. Furthermore, none of us IS God, so each of us needs the support and love of loving relationships—people we can count on and trust.

A congregation grounded in the love of Christ Jesus is meant to be life-giving. However, our egos nudge us to play martyr and shoulder the load alone, your pastor included. It can be incredibly deflating when efforts are met with complaint or little interest.

This Sunday, a few sign-ups for opportunities to get involved will be on the entryway tables. This can help leadership and me know how to plan ahead and make sure you are included in the exciting ministry that we share at Risen Lord.

May we love, obey and hold fast to God. May Spirit guide us so that the community we share at Risen Lord thrives and draws in those seeking to connect and grow in their relationship with Christ, too.


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