Sunday, March 17, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Take One Step

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Love the Lord your God, . . . obey His voice, and . . . cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.(Deut 30:20)
At a shopping mall in Coventry, England, researchers posted colorful signs along the steps of a staircase that said: “Taking the stairs protects your heart.” Over a 6-week period, the number of people who chose to walk up the stairs instead of riding the adjacent escalator more than doubled. The researchers say that every step counts, and that long-term behavior will change only if the signs are seen regularly.
The Bible is filled with “signs” urging us to obey the Lord and follow Him wholeheartedly. Just before the Lord’s people entered the Promised Land, He said to them: “I have set before you today life and good, death and evil . . . . Therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days” (Deut. 30:15,19-20).
So often we hope our lives will change through a giant leap of faith, a profound decision, or a significant act of service. In reality, the only way we change is one step at a time, and every step counts.
Today, let’s heed the signs and take a step of heartfelt obedience toward the Lord.
Dear Lord, help me to listen to your voice and to obey and follow you.Amen.
It matters not the path on earth my feet are made to trod; It only matters how I live: obedient to God. 
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church