Our Way or God’s Way?

Our Way or God’s Way?


Do you like to do things your way? Well, we all do, don’t we? You might have a good idea or a good plan, and when somebody tells you to do it another way, you might get kind of angry! Sometimes we can all be stubborn.

When you hear today’s Gospel reading, you will remember it right away. We hear about how Jesus called His first disciples to follow Him. Jesus saw Peter (Simon) cleaning his nets after he had just gone fishing, and He told him to go out into the lake again and fish some more. Peter might have wanted to do things his own way, but he answered, “Master, we worked all night and took nothing! But at your word, I will let down the nets.” When he did, he caught so many fish he couldn’t even pull it all in!

Our way might seem like a good way, but let’s try not to be too stubborn. Remember what happened when Peter listened to his Master, Christ Himself! We can try to listen to God’s way when we find a quiet time to pray by ourselves. We can find God’s way when we come to church and pray with other Orthodox Christians. We can find God’s way when we take time to read the Bible. Let’s try hard to know God’s way, and then follow it!


Do you ever listen to candidates before a big vote?  In the United States, we hear our candidates for president telling everybody why they are the best for the job. They want to prove why they should win the election.

But tomorrow, we celebrate the nameday of somebody who became a great leader, but he wasn’t so sure he was right for the job!

Many years before Jesus was born, Israel was ruled by judges. God called these judges to rule over the people, to show them the right way to God. There is even a book in the Bible, the book of Judges, and it tells about how they ruled.

Gideon was one of these judges and God called him to rule over Israel. The people were worshipping idols, and God wanted Gideon to put them back on the right path. The funny thing was that Gideon didn’t think he should be a ruler! He asked God for miracles to prove it to him. God showed Gideon three times, with three miracles, that He wanted him to be in charge.

We can look to Gideon as a great example of humility, and we can pray that God will give us leaders who follow God first!

We celebrate the nameday of Saint Gideon tomorrow, September 26th.

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Presvytera Alexandra Houck

Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have five small children: Lydia, Paul, Silas, Philip, and Sarah. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.