Today’s Scripture Selection: Romans 8:14

“…those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.”

What leads you in life?

Is it

  • Intellect
  • Emotions
  • Current events
  • Current trends
  • Fashion
  • Tradition
  • Family
  • Clan
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious belief
  • Or any of the other thousand influences active in the world?

Or is it the Spirit of God?

I know that some are hesitant to talk about being “led by the Spirit” being afraid that they will be seen as being a little too “over the top” with their religion.

But being led by the Spirit is a true blessing in life.  So I invite you to guard your prayer and study time carefully; treasure your time with God; value the “still small voice” that leads you to live and love in Christ’s name.

It isn’t about “getting” religion.

It’s about finding deep meaning and purpose and fulfilling your vocation, whatever it may be, as a beloved child of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for leading me by your Spirit in the way that you would have me go.  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 meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. 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, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. 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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