Today’s Challenges: Are you where you should be?


I work in a very large store. Just walking and doing your job it is possible to walk a couple of miles a day.

Today a lady came to our counter, which is on the extreme northeast corner of the building and asked if I could tell her where the generators were located. I started to tell her, but it was on the complete opposite side of the store, so I said, “Let me just walk down there with you.” I walked her down to the location of the generators and said, “Here they are, you can see them right there.”

Her reply surprised me and made me chuckle. She said, “It really doesn’t matter, I was just looking for my husband who was suppose to be looking at generators.” After a pause she said, “And there he is.” She thanked me for bringing her down and I said with a chuckle, “I’m just happy to have reunited you two.” We laughed and parted ways as I went back to my work area.

I thought about that and wondered what would have happened if her husband had not been there. My wife and I have gone our separate ways in stores in the past and were going to meet in so many minutes at a specific place. However one of us would stop to look at Jewelry or tools (I won’t say which one), and one would arrive at the place of meeting and the other wouldn’t be there. We finally gave up doing that and mostly stay together now, but do have the magical cell phone if we become separated.

You see, the point is that it is so very easy to become side tracked in our lives and not be where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there. Whether you are with your physical family; (actually spending family time and not cell phone time). Or perhaps you are with your church family spending meaningful time with our God.

There is an interesting scripture found in Acts 20:7 Paul shared these words: “On the first day of the week, (Sunday) we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight.” The first Century Christians made it a practice to come together for the Lord’s Supper on the First Day of the Week. Every week? Yes, every week. In 1 Corinthians 16: 1-2, Paul also wrote, “Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”

Notice that the text says “On the first day of every week,” and that is exactly what the original Greek language says. They did this because the church normally came together on the first day of every week to partake of the Lord’s Supper and it was convenient for them to take up a collection.

So let me ask, “Are you where you should be when you should be there”? If not, maybe it’s time for you to be reunited with your God and His people.

By Russ Lawson

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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