Finish with Joy

runner-crossing-finish-line1“There are times when we don’t have a clue why certain things happen to us in life as they do, and we are mystified. At other times we think we understand and make our plans. It may come as a surprise to some that God is always in control of all circumstances that surround our lives. There’s nothing wrong with making a plan for tomorrow or for next month or next year. But we must always plan with this proviso: the Lord may change our plans and take us in a completely different direction. It is His prerogative to do so; He, not you, is in control of your life. A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? As we read in Proverbs 20:24; 16:9 . . . “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Let’s not quit running our race. In a normal race, we know where the finish line is. But when it comes to life, you and I don’t really know when we will round that last bend or run that last step. Even though we think we have a long way to go, we might be nearing the finish line. What an encouragement to live each day for Jesus as though it were our last. Let’s run to win a prize. Let’s finish with joy.” Greg Laurie

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