St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church

21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742


Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful

The Pastor's Thoughts

“You shall have no other gods before Me,” What does this mean? We should fear, love and trust God above all things.” Small Catechism

“The Holy Christian Church is the primary work of God … In the Church great wonders daily occur such as the forgiveness of sins, triumph over death ..,.the gift of righteousness and eternal life.” Martin Luther

As I write this it is not quite yet October.  So when I took a good look at my calendar for the coming month I was a little started to see how full it already is.  And it is continuing to fill up on me.

Maybe you’re having the same experience, trying to figure out how to fit everything in.  This can be a difficult experience when it all seems to be good or important.  And it becomes even more frustrating when you realize that you just can’t do everything, no matter how much you might want to.

So what to do?  My thought is that I should prioritize my time based on what is most important.   But then again, how do I measure importance?   Do I assign a number system or do I just wing it?   Do I base importance only on my personal desires or do I take other people into consideration?   You see, it’s not as easy as it might seem at first.

Well, I can’t answer for you, but I can tell you what I do.  I start with God.   What goes on my calendar first and foremost are those things which either foster my personal spiritual relationship with Him or promote the life of His Church.

Now I’m not saying that to brag about how faithful I am.  Goodness knows it took a long while for me to get to this place.  But as I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to understand better that the Christian life must be a life in which God comes before my own desires or those of my family or friends.   Any measure of importance that does not have God at the very top is a measure that ought to be thrown away because it doesn’t understand is truly important in this life.

Everything in this life is transitory.  It’s not going to last, no matter how hard we cling to it or how much effort we put into it.   There is only one thing that lasts—the God who made, redeemed and comforts us.   He it is who is the true Rock of our lives. When we honor Him with our efforts, we advance.   When we don’t put Him first—failure is assured.

Pr. Culler