Example

Example

Today’s Scripture Selection: Matthew 11:29

(Note to faithful readers: Please excuse the bit of hedging on our alphabetical search through the scriptures.  X is a pesky little letter so I’m afraid we’ll have to settle for using words that have x somewhere in them!)

Jesus Christ was – and is – many things.

  • Prophet
  • Teacher
  • Healer
  • Savior
  • Example

For those of us who seek to be Christian not just as a religious affiliation – but in order to be “Christ-followers” – this is evident.

But, how often it is that we end up following other lesser examples.

So, here’s a wonderful example of how He is to be our ultimate example and why:

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

It’s not just the way to “do” right things – it’s the way to “be” who we are to be.

And in doing – and being – what Christ wants – we find rest for our souls.

Today there are so many examples of one type of another.

Some offer some sound advice.

Some offer some dangerous choices.

Some offer life.

Some offer death.

Christ offers “rest for your souls.”

And who doesn’t desire that?

Prayer: Lord, lead me, show me, teach me, and help me to follow your wonderful example.  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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