Today’s Scripture Selection: Revelation 3:17

“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

You may or may not think of yourself as “needy.”

But I believe we are all – to one extent or another.

The greatest thing we can do, in terms of life and growth, is to recognize our need for God.  And, when we humbly and openly acknowledge that need, I believe God is always there to respond.

God may not respond as we expect.  In fact, I suspect, he often does not.  But God does respond.

So, whether your bank account or belly if full is only part of the picture.

I think that along with our need for

  • Purpose
  • Relationship
  • Love
  • Learning
  • Health
  • Sustenance
  • Growth
  • Others
  • And more

We need, most of all, God.  And I believe you find that relationship in the deepest way through a relationship with Christ.

So, go ahead.  Admit it.  You are needy.  So am I.

And, isn’t wonderful that God fills that need?

Prayer: Lord, fill me up, that I may pour out your love to others.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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