From: Rich Carlson
Date: August 10, 2020
Subject: It's August 10; 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. It’s so good to have you all back for real classes and as little Zoom as possible! For some of you it’s your first day of college, and for some of you it’s the “last” first day of school! It’s been quite an unexpected and uncertain past few months (and we need everyone to help us keep our campus safe and clean from COVID so we can have a great year!) So, in the midst of all this unknown, what do I hope will happen for all of us? 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 start today looking 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 in my life, 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 get 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.
  5. And especially this year, stay healthy and respect everyone else’s need to stay healthy by respecting and following the COVID criteria for continued campus cleanliness!