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5/19/2019 12:21:00 AM
Your Next Step
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Asst. Exec. Director, Exodus Homes

Every day we wake up to the unknown. We may think we know what the day has in store, but life is what happens while we are making other plans. Jesus could foresee everything that was coming, but we are not like Him in that way. Life is full of surprises and truly we do not know what a day will bring. In the blink of an eye everything can change. Accidents, sudden onset of illness, unexpected trouble, or finding ourselves in the crosshairs of other peoples’ problems can happen at any time. How are we supposed to handle this as God’s people?

A well-known insurance company has a commercial on TV that encourages us to “be good at life”. I like the way that sounds and have thought about it quite a bit. What does it mean to be good at life? In this case, what does it mean to be good at life when you don’t know what is coming? How can we handle life when it is always throwing us curve balls? To be good at life must mean that we have to be good at walking into the unknown with the help of God.

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Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. This passage holds the key to being good at life. We can’t see five miles down the road, but with God’s help we can see what is right in front of us. We need God to light up our path so we can see choices for our next step. The decisions that help us be good at life present themselves as we prepare to take the next step regardless of the situation we are facing.

When Christ is our flashlight in the dark, we look at our next steps the way God wants us to see them. Whatever the day brings we are to take the next step in faith, trusting God and being instruments of His love and power. Psalm 37:23-24 says “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”

Life comes at us fast and although we may stumble a bit going forward into the unknown we will not fall because God is directing our steps. His love and His power are the lens through which we see the steps ahead. In times of crisis when we anxiously move forward, God will reveal our path little by little. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ”Sometimes the path ahead needs preparation and His lamp will show us we need to stand still. Wait on the Lord for the sign that it is time to make a move and then take one step at a time. In every situation, your next step with the Lord is always the most important one.

This is your last chance to RSVP for the luncheon I am hosting for the readers of this column at noon on May 23 at Emanuel Reformed Church, 329 E Main St. In Lincolnton 28092. You can bring a covered or just come! I would love to see you and thank you for your support of this column. RSVP to 828-962-8196 or

Rev. Susan Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church

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