Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Lost Without Knowing It

I was traveling down the road, so busy talking to the person sitting in the passenger seat that I failed to notice that there was an intersection. The road I wanted went one way, the way I went was the other way. It was only when we came upon a shopping mall and a set of traffic lights that I realized my error. I had become so preoccupied with our conversation that I had become “lost without knowing it.”

Last Sunday we were considering the challenge of being a disciple. Our sermon “The Call and the Cross” can be found here. This coming Sunday we will be reflecting upon the dangers involved in being lost! Our text will be Luke 15:1-10, which features the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin

What are some strategies we can turn to when we feel lost?

Look at a map.
The Scriptures can be a great guide to help us through our problems. As we read of how different bible characters dealt with the issues of their day, we can often find guidance for our selves. Some of the greatest sayings of Scripture can give a framework in which to find the way. “Treat others in the way you would like them to treat you,” “Pray for your enemies,” “Be Patient”… these little nuggets can help us navigate many moral dilemmas.

Ask Directions.
You know what they say…. real men never ask for directions! Yet Christian doctrine has always insisted that Jesus was a “Real Man.” And He found it very necessary to carve out a place in His life for prayer. So have His disciples across the centuries. When we are feeling lost, we seek God for direction.

Help others.
Becoming involved in a cause outside of ourselves can often bring answers to questions we didn’t even realize we were asking. It helps us to see things from another persons perspective. It makes a difference if we walk a while in their shoes. Such experiences can provide the sort of purpose and meaning that may be missing from our day to day routines!

Prayer: Lord, when we are feeling lost help us to find our way through Your Holy Spirit being our guide. Guide us as we listen. Guide us as we serve. Guide us as we pray. Guide us through the Scriptures. This we ask in Jesus name. Amen.

The Reverend Adrian J. Pratt B.D.

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