The Chapters of Our Lives

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7he above quote has been etched onto many a poster, sign and card.
Chances are good you’ve quoted a version of it to someone you love or perhaps even to yourself. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine the chapter we’re in could be any better… or any worse.

Dividing the chapters of our lives can be done in countless ways. High school and college years seem to make up their own respective chapters. Getting married is certainly the beginning of a new one. Chapters are made with career changes, moves across town or the country, or a new boss. There are the sobering and heartbreaking chapters involving health issues, hospital visits, and the passing of loved ones. And there are the joy-filled chapters of fulfilling dreams, overcoming obstacles, watching our children grow, and experiencing God’s grace and work in our lives.

My wife and I are days away from a new chapter of becoming empty nesters and it’s playing havoc on my emotions. Our youngest son, David, just completed his junior year of college, but on June 9th, the New York Mets selected David in the draft and want to entice him away from his senior year and play baseball full time.

As I was pulling up to the baseball stadium for the University of Miami’s last regular season home baseball game of 2015, it hit me hard how much I’ll miss all of this. It’s been a wonderful chapter that is most likely on its last pages and I’m trying to read it slowly to make it last a bit longer.

Every parent knows this feeling.

One of the most poignant “new chapter” stories in the Bible is about Joshua. It begins this way, “Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people…”  Talk about a hard act to follow. How in the world do you replace Moses?

But then, in the next verses God says: “I promise you what I promised Moses: Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you… No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:3-5).

MosesOur role at the ministry of LOGOI is to constantly remind thousands of Joshuas that God promises to be with them just as He was with Moses — wherever they set their feet. We are constantly reminding them of the Lord’s promise that He will never fail them nor abandon them. In doing so we provide resources to help them “meditate on God’s Word day and night” and send constant reminders to “obey everything written in it” (Joshua 1:7 & 8).

As I sat struggling with my “end-of-a-chapter” emotions watching David play perhaps one of his last baseball games at the University of Miami, I thought about what God said to Joshua. I felt as if the Lord was smiling at me. It seemed He was saying, “Hey Ed, you emotional mess, cheer up. I will be with David just as I was with Moses. I will not fail him or abandon him. But just a little reminder, I won’t fail or abandon you, either.”

And then the Lord gave me this command. It’s the same command He gives to our national missionaries scattered throughout 32 countries. In fact, it’s the same command He gives to youslugger_david — today — this very moment: “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

It makes the next chapter rather exciting to look forward to.

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psThank you for prayers and financial partnership as we continue to remind thousands of Joshuas to be strong and courageous. Your faithful partnership gives us all great encouragement and joy.

 


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