Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Headed Right? Keep Going!



Joseph Chamberlain was a famous British statesman (1836-1914). In his younger years, he taught Sunday school in Birmingham. His favorite verse of Scripture was a sentence from Genesis 12:5, "They went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came" (Kjv). It was a motto well-suited to a man of his determination and iron will. It also gave him a biblical basis for citing two qualifications for success in life. One is to have the right destination "They went forth to go to the land of Canaan." The second is to keep going after we have started "into the land of Canaan they came."

As he was facing death, the apostle Paul reflected on his life. He was not a leaf tossed about by the winds: he was an arrow headed for a target. Paul found his direction and destination in his relationship with Christ. And he wanted to cultivate in Timothy the virtues of a well-lived life. He offered himself as a model: "You have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance" (2 Tim. 3:10). "Stay with it," he seemed to be saying to young Timothy.

Keeping Christ uppermost in our lives will keep us headed right and give us the strength to keep going. -HWR

My life, my love i give to Thee,
Thou Lamb of God who died for me;
O may I ever faithful be,
My Savior and my God!


CONSIDER THE POSTAGE STAMP: ITS VALUE LIES IN STICKING TO ONE THING UNTIL IT GETS THERE

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