From: Rich Carlson
Date: August 26, 2019
Subject: It's August 26; Good Morning Union

Photo of the clock tower and Dick Building from Holmes Lake.

It's August 26; Good Morning Union

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness … “ (Matthew 6:33)

Well, here we go! A new school year is about to begin. For some of you it’s your first day of college, and for some of you it’s the “last” first day of school! So, what do I hope will happen for the first group, and what do I hope has happened to the last group? I know you’re going to get a good education; that’s a given at Union College. The only thing that can keep that from happening will be your decision to not take advantage of all the academic possibilities for you.

Greater than that however, I pray that you will take this “first day experience” and use is as an opportunity to, in a way, start over; start again; stop fretting over the past and look forward to an amazing future. And what I have discovered is the best thing I can to in preparation for that anticipated “amazing future” is to make a decision today (and every day) that I will FIRST seek what God wants in my life, and then see how all the other things worth seeking fall into place.

It’s my call; it’s my new beginning. For you the 4-5 biggest decisions of your life are going to happen in the next 4-5 years. As I look back at the results of those 4-5 biggest decisions, I have found a very close correlation between my seeking God first and the success of those decisions. I highly recommend it to you. Seek FIRST His kingdom and HIS righteousness and watch the rest come together.

Have a great day discovering the value of spiritual prioritization,
Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:           

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." Corrie ten Boom
(WWII Holocaust survivor)


P.S. My advice for success in college:

  1. Don’t behind. Keep up. Catching up is really hard in college!
  2. Pick good friends.
  3. Go to where the good things are happening.
  4. Choose to follow God with your whole life.