The ultimate dependency

The weather forecast for this winter is for cold and plenty of snow in the northern states. On the other side of the coin, the southern states are forecast to be dry and warm. Some people complain when the meteorologist gives the wrong forecast. Jokes about the weather forecaster are not in short supply. How much control do we have over the weather?

The best economic minds that our governments can assemble cannot give us prosperity. A former governor said that religion and church are for weaklings. Perhaps the majority of men agree with him. They are not in church and likely do not read their Bibles or lead their families in prayer. Inherently, most of us like to be self-sufficient and independent. It is not cool to be soft or dependent.

Daddy, will you push me on the swing? Mama can I have a cookie? By our very nature we don't want any part of being like a child. Certainly in our responsibilities we are to be adults. We are also to remember that we are to be like children. In Matthew 18:3, we read the words of our Lord. He said that unless we be converted and become as little children we can never enter the kingdom of heaven. What does that mean?

Conversion consists of asking forgiveness in humility from God. It consists of inviting Him into our hearts and lives. It consists of making Him our Lord and publicly saying so. In James 4:13-15, we read that we should not say what we will do today or tomorrow. It tells us that life is but a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. If we say, "if the Lord wills we will do such and such," we are declaring our dependency.

During the last part of September and the first part of October, I went to five visitations or funerals or both in four weeks. All five were younger that this writer. Yes, all of us are dependent. Our ultimate dependency is on God. Dependency on God brings real joy.

For the 2011 Club, Nov. 6 takes us to Jeremiah 45 and Hebrews 3.

Have a great week.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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