Walking in a Manner Worthy of My Calling

Written by Rhonda Alstott

Ephesians 4:1-3 – I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit of the bond of peace.

Lately, this has become my daily prayer I begin and end my day with. It has already been a rough few years with navigating the pandemic in our church community and now I find myself, along with everyone else, in a discernment process that has become divisive. I have endured many restless nights as I see us as a congregation ask some hard questions. I have heard some words that have rattled me to my core and left me questioning motives, but as much hurt and disbelief I am feeling these days, I know the only words and motives I have control of are my own. I know I am responsible to God for my motives, actions, and words. My daily prayer has become “Am I walking in a manner worthy of my calling? One thing I know is that the only way I can do that is with God’s Spirit to help me. A place of worship and peace has become for me an anxiety-producing space of late, and I know that is not in the will or plan of God. I have made it my purpose to love God more deeply because I know that it will affect how I live in my day-to-day thoughts, speech, and actions. In 1 John 4, John reminds me that love casts out fear and in my growing faith, there is no room for fear or the tactics of fear. Many have tried to recently scare me about my husband’s future, which is connected to the future of me and my family. I have never questioned the call of God on my husband’s life or the ability of God that we love and serve to see it through to its completion, whatever that may look like.

Ironically, my New Year’s resolution for 2022 is rooted in the Serenity Prayer. . . the part about accepting the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. I cannot change a thing about the thoughts and actions of others. I can only change my thoughts and actions. In my life, it has been a work of prayer. In the coming few months I invite you to join me on my daily request through prayer for God’s wisdom (discernment), and I also invite you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling Christ has called you to.

9 Responses to “Walking in a Manner Worthy of My Calling”

  1. Harvey Hamilton says:

    Thank you Rhonda👍
    We love you and your family!

  2. Dorothy Wolfe says:

    Thank you Rhonda for your blog. Your openness and honesty was reflected in your words. I too pray for this time in our church’s life. May God’s love surround you and your family. 💕

  3. Natalie Provence says:

    We will support you and your family in prayer like we have all along. Our prayer for people in general is to be honest, yet kind, and love all with grace the way Jesus did

  4. Bonita Cadle says:

    Thank for reminding me I need to walk in a manner worthy of God’s calling.
    Being a fairly new Christian I just don’t understand why it’s so hard for us to just love one another, pray, praise & listen to God, and bring others to Him.
    I know if Jesus came back today He would love everyone.
    Please know I love you and your family so very much. I have to believe that we will all be able to continue to worship & serve God together. It’s too painful for me to think of or envision anything else.

  5. Josh Suiter says:

    Not a day goes back that I don’t think how blessed I am to have you and Tony in my life. Thank you for sharing. It spoke to me deeply.

  6. Pat Peterson says:

    For me, there is no doubt that you, Tony and family are walking in the will of God. There is no need for fear, for God will continue to take you down the right path (no matter the direction). My prayer is that we all journey through this with Love and Grace and that we will not allow any decision to divide us. Please know that you are loved and supported by many ❤️

  7. Melanie Riddle says:

    Beautifully written as you witnessed about your truth.
    Your blog was a gentle reminder of what I need to do.
    It was recommended to me to read a book called, Holy Love, by Steve Harper. He was a 30+ year professor at Asbury Theological College.
    The end of a couple of chapters ended with, “ All is All”.That statement is so powerful.
    I believe this statement as the truth that Jesus has called us to be with everyone.
    I love you, Pastor Tony, and family. I witness how you, Pastor Tony, and family are people of God.
    My prayer is that discernment is truly sought in our decision making.

  8. Joy Cain says:

    Hi Rhonda,
    I am praying for you and your family. We have not been to church in quite some time. Robert and I were just talking about how we really wanted to get back into church.
    This message speaks to me so much. My mother loved the serenity prayer.
    Each day I think about it and try to live by it no matter what I am doing.
    We hope to see you and Pastor Tony soon.
    Thank you for always being here.

  9. Bill Schuppert says:

    Rhonda, what a beautiful testimony. I believe everyone in the church is very upset over the direction that the churches are ask to decide which direction to choose. I have heard various different versions of what the UMC is planning to do. As for me and My house, we will serve the Lord regardless of any decisions made.If we are faithful to the Lord, He will direct our paths to the place He wants us to be.

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