I am second

The comment of the day was spoken to me right after our assembly ended. The person said something like, “After today’s service I’m not worried about what will happen to the church after we’re dead and gone.” For those of you who were not with us, today’s service was planned and conducted by our youth ministry. All of their planning and practice came together in a beautifully organized and meaningful time of praise and worship.

The theme, “I am second” reminded me of a book written decades ago by former Chicago Bear’s star running back, Gale Sayers, “I am third”. Gale told us that in his life God was first, others were second and he was in third place. Liz reminded me of the JOY acrostic that was popular in the 70’s: Jesus, Others, Yourself. The phrase “I am second”, however, seems to put priority on what is of first importance. If you are interested in learning more check out Iamsecond.com.

In reflecting on the service I initially thought there had been no scripture. We didn’t open our Bibles once. Upon closer observation, however, I realized that the entire service had been structured around the passage that the Jews call the Shema and what Jesus said was the greatest of all commands: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). What a powerful reminder that assembly was that God must always have first place in our hearts.

So, I’m not too worried either about the future of the church; as long as we continually put God first and remember that “I am second.” Thanks Jeremy, Donna, Lauren, and all the others who put so much effort into making today’s worship service the blessing that it was.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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