Pause

Most of us have more than enough to deal with today to be very concerned about what will happen tomorrow. And yet, we do wonder about what we can expect in the hours, days, and years ahead.

The God of our present is also the God of our future. Right now is a good time to be still in the moment and to trust all our time to the One who is here – and listening.

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Listen

But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

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Think

When I was a kid, I hated getting picked last. There were times in elementary school where that was my unfortunate predicament, and it shaped me in a negative way.

I love reading that God picks us as “first fruits.” We aren’t the last ones chosen. God is proud of us and wants to be with us so much that we are among God's choicest fruit.

The first fruit is the key part of the harvest and we get to have the opportunity to be with God longer. This verse shapes me and speaks truth into my life as I live reminded that God has picked me first.

Lars Rood

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Pray

God, help me to live my life knowing that you picked me first and that you are so proud of me, you want to spend extra time with me. Amen.

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Go

Tomorrow and
Tomorrow and
The next.

You are accompanied by
The Provider of each one.

Live into the promise of
The future,
The possibilities of
What can be.

Lars Rood

Lars Rood is the associate pastor for family life ministries at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. In this role he oversees the team doing ministry from birth through the end of high school to children, students, and their families. He has a lifelong love with the Pacific Northwest, coffee, and reading. He also loves his three kids, wife, and dog named Jakob.

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