“Your step will not be hampered.” Proverbs 4:12
We change and humanity also changes by moving from the old responsibilities or burdens to new ones. Humanity changes by turning from the weight of old ways and habits to building on that of spiritual growth. Individually and collectively as one people under God’s leadership, we must proceed down this path.
100 years ago it was a common belief held by the so-called elite of America, “that there were only about 400 people in all of America worth knowing.” ( guess the rest of us would have been “deplorables” – ha ha)
The writer of this period, however, O Henry, believed that each person in society was worth knowing and had a story to tell. His classic story “The Gift of the Magi” has its theme in each person giving his most prized possession for their love of the other. We are giving our most prized possession, all of our days of our lives, in exchange for the future, in the strong hope of becoming all that we may become.
100 years ago, there was a strong belief called “a good first footer,” saying that many people were willing to pay for the “right” first footer on the first day of a new year. The first person to walk across your doorstep on that first day of the new year was called the first footer. He would be hired to appear at the exact time so as to not trust fate, to bring misfortune for the whole year.
Let’s think about that idea or tradition (regardless of how ludicrous it might sound) for a minute. Do we stand poised on the threshold of a spiritual frontier? May this Bethel and our prayers and messages be our own first footer to walk across our doorsteps into our own new positive future. God is already walking ahead of us preparing our way of good.
Jesus Christ holds to the all-inclusive belief that each person has worth and value. His prayer is that each person rise above the lacks and limitations of their past to an innate knowing of their worth and value.
There is a verse in the Bible that has great power concerning our life. Matthew 16:19. Jesus says: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Jesus is talking directly to us as we spiritually walk toward our future, through these pages of our Bible.
It is as if He came up to you in a vision and said, “I’m going to give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” You would know that you had something incredibly powerful working in your life. And you do.
It’s for all of us. It crosses religious lines and theology of people. It is the Truth about all humankind.
We have been given the keys. And this key is in our prayer time.
When you pray, what do you decide to bind to yourself? When you pray with a belief, with a knowing, without doubt, and you decide to have something in your life in your future, it’s going to be there.
There’s a great spiritual power that happens beyond our physical sight.
As humans, we sometimes focus on the negative. We think of ourselves being bound to our problems, tied to them where we can’t get loose. We try and we try, but we can’t do it. But what Jesus is telling us is that we are bound to our good, and our good is with us every day.
James 1:2-8: “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
Our mind can be a vessel of thoughts filled with God. Our mind can be the connecting place between us and God. Our mind is the place where God answers our prayers through direct inspiration, direct guidance and direct Divine ideas. In order for God to get something to us, God must get it through us.
And for God to get it through us, we must be an open channel as we have talked about before.
It may be a small little crack in the doubting dam that we have put up, it can be the size of a grain of mustard seed, but there must be a crack in our crusted over outdated ideas, consented to by our free will, for God’s good will to come through. If there is, then all can change, and all of the good of God can come to us. Everything can become anew, and our whole life is blessed by God.
You have spent your whole life waiting to get to this point in your personal history – most all of us have. When a couple gets married, they expect it to be the finest time of their lives, and it should be. But how about you? Right now should be the finest time in your life too. You’ve lived too many years; you’ve invested too much time, and you’ve been here too many weeks for it not to be.
What is happening outside of you, might appear a bit scary. We all have challenges. Let’s go beyond our outer challenges and enter through this spiritual doorway with an assurance of hope because we know we are not alone. If we accept the promises of Jesus Christ, we know that we are walking forward all the time to greater and greater good in our lives.
This was written by Herbert Hoover; he faced economic conditions worse than at any time, and while he did not solve them he certainly had the faith in the ability of the American people right.
This is called The Uncommon Man.
“In my opinion, there has been too much talk about the Common Man. It has been dinned into us that this is the Century of the Common Man. The idea seems to be that the Common Man has come into his own at last.
“Thus we are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity. But here is at least one hopeful sign: I have never been able to find out who this Common Man is. In fact, most Americans, and especially women, will get mad and fight if you try calling them common.
“This is hopeful because it shows that most people are holding fast to an essential fact in American life. We believe in equal opportunity for all, but we know that this includes the opportunity to rise to leadership — in other words, to be uncommon.
“Let us remember that the great human advances have not been brought about by mediocre men and women. They were brought about by distinctly uncommon people with vital sparks of leadership. Many of the great leaders were, it is true, of humble origin, but that alone was not their greatness.
“It is a curious fact that when you get sick you want an uncommon doctor; if your car breaks down you want an uncommonly good mechanic; when we get into war we want dreadfully an uncommon admiral and an uncommon general.
“I have never met a father and mother who did not want their children to grow up to be uncommon men and women. May it always be so. For the future rests not in mediocrity, but in the constant renewal of every phase of our life.”
And so it does. When you travel around this country you see statues of people. You see statues all the time, but these are never statues of common people. There are statues of people who have gone the extra mile, who have stepped out of their comfort zone, stepped out of mediocrity, and (I believe with God’s help) did something great.
May it be said of you, (beginning NOW), You have become uncommon. There will be many around you who might say things negative about your future. You decide to become uncommon. There might be many around you who might say that because of your problems you just might as well accept your fate. But you stand up and become uncommon by walking through a spiritual doorway to God’s greater help.
There are many around you who are doomsayers. Doomsayers are common people. You’ll find thirteen in every dozen who will tell you the worst possible thing about your future. Don’t believe it. They are common people. You start to become uncommon when you say, “I can become better than my past, WITH GOD’S HELP!”
There’s one thing in this world of recycling that we cannot recycle. It’s the calendar. You can’t recycle the past. How we wish we could, but it’s impossible. But you can, by going into this whole new doorway of the spiritual future, stand up and decide to become more than you’ve ever become before.
Never go into any day, this day, or any future day alone. Realize that many times you are stretched way beyond your human limits. The past may have fatigued you, and you need greater strength than ever before. You have to allow God to help you.
In the future, as people look over the different deeds you have done, if someone would judge Christianity by your faithfulness, would they want to join? Would they want to join if they see you out on the road somewhere? That’s the bottom line to everything.
Yes, they would join!
Because you are UNCOMMON—ONE with God in every word, action, and reaction.
It is not just going to church. It must be about living it.
We affirm together that this is an uncommon day for us to accept our good. This is the uncommon moment when God is blessing us with a receptive faith and a trusting heart, an illumined mind and a quickened understanding.
This is the day of victory in Christ when we become uncommon.
And you must consent to becoming one with God, and then it becomes so. Part of our consenting is having self-confidence. Jesus said we have to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us, as good Christians, love our neighbors; BUT we do not love ourselves, or our own life.
Remember that you are the channel for all of God’s love and creativity to come through to your outer world. But the channel has to be there in you, for you, as you, in order for what is in the channel to come through.
You are on a process to make tomorrow’s dreams come true by your work today, by standing up and agreeing to be what you were created to be. You are a child of God, a child of all possibilities, a child of love and a child of power, a child with a bright future.
It is the uncommon woman and man who walks in the way of God’s love.