This week our Bible study group read from Psalm 27. I was especially interested in verse 4: "One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."
It is the Psalmist's singular desire and purpose that I am drawn to. In our world where we are exposed to thousands of marketing images each day, it seems difficult to focus on one thing for even a short period of time. Our electronic culture causes us to ignore the person in front of us, or our driving, to respond to a call or text message. We may struggle to focus on anything, let alone make the effort to have God as the central focus of our lives.
Perhaps you've seen the movie "City Slickers," which tells the story of three city-dwelling men whose adventurous vacation is to go on a cattle drive. The main character is very dissatisfied with his job and family life. While on the trip, an old grizzled cowboy talks to him about what gives meaning to life. The cowboy says it's "One Thing," but you must figure out what that "One Thing" is for yourself. By the end of the film, the man realizes that his wife and children are his one thing.
Rev. Patricia Dodds
All creation including humankind is God's one thing, as God has known us and loves us from before and beyond time. As Christians, we are called to make God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, our one thing. We do this in prayer, Bible study, acts of kindness, and in a community of other believers. I believe, quoting a seminary classmate: we can be good and faithful by ourselves, but we can't be a Christian alone.
If you are not presently part of a community of Faith, look on the page opposite this article. With thanks to local businesses that support this page, all the churches of our community are listed. Look for one that suits your location, and time. If you want more information, call. If you need a ride, ask. I'm certain that you will be welcomed and encouraged in your search to make God your "One Thing."
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week's column comes from Rev. Patricia Dodds, pastor of St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Lock Haven.