Pause

There’s nothing like a sense of urgency to get folks moving. An emergency causes immediate action.

Placing faith in Christ is not the result of emergency, but immediate opportunity! What do these next moments provide – right now – for you in your journey as a believer?

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Listen

Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.

Psalm 62:9-12

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Think

Often, when we think about what types of careers we may want to pursue, the first question asked is: "How much does it pay?" Our parents, our teachers, and sometimes even our friends encourage us to pick jobs with the highest wages.

But the psalmist encourages us today that money is not everything when it comes to following God. Sometimes God may call us to do things that have no pay, and our calling to do them remains the same, trusting that as we believe in God, our needs will be met.

A friend of mine told her father she wanted to take a job at an organization that serves homeless women. His response was "Don't you want to be a lawyer?" He kept repeating this question over and over again. There is nothing wrong with being a lawyer if God calls you to it, but in whatever career or job we find ourselves, our first goal should always be to serve God.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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Pray

God, lead me in your paths for my life. Open my eyes as I follow you to see the world as you see it, so that I may use my talents in service for you. Amen.

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Go

As we work together with him we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. She regularly blogs about the art of pastoring and the adventure of faith at Preacher on the Plaza . Elizabeth is married to Kevin, and together they enjoy watching as many movies as possible and planning their next vacation, preferably to somewhere with a beach.

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