Stay the Course…Your Journey Matters

“There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows what He is doing.
They hang there, the stars, like notes on a page of music, free-form verse, silent mysteries swirling in the blue like jazz.
And as I lay there, it occurred to me that God is up there somewhere.”
~ Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz)

We often ask, “why me?” when we encounter hardship or difficulty, but Paul never did. In fact, beaten and imprisoned one day for preaching the Gospel, he’d be right back at it the moment he was released from prison the next. Why?

Simple. It’s because Paul understood innately that he was called to a broken world. A world in which sin reigns supreme, and sinners act like sinners! Paul knew that humanity couldn’t be saved by itself, and that it was an honor to be sent by the One who saves, to bring Good News to those who needed saving. Everyone.

Paul recognized that his life was telling a story, weaving a tapestry of a God who sees, a God who is interested in the hearts and affairs of humanity. All aspects of his life. Good and bad. And so Paul remembered the promises of God to Abraham. He remembered that he wasn’t yet in the Promised Land, but on a journey towards it.

Paul embraced his purpose, and when he did, the journey became more meaningful. Every part of the journey. The good and the bad. God is not oblivious to the bumpy places on your journey, He’s simply using them to shape you and to encourage others. So stay the course. The whole course. Good and bad. Just my dos centavos!

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