Yesterday I talked to a woman who had been waiting in line for the new iPhone since 5 am. The anticipation in the line was huge. Nice gadget, I am sure, but it made me think about what I wake up for. Do I wake up in anticipation? What for?

Gadgets serve to connect us to the world in which we live and make life easier, but our daily connection with God is a matter of the heart, setting the course for our lives. Many of the things I am waiting for take time, perseverance and hard work. But it is worth it.

What about you? Maybe it’s morning, maybe it’s late at night. Maybe something is weighing heavily on your soul – a problem or relationship that is so tangled in knots you cannot see how to begin to untie it, a financial need so great that it seems impossible to meet, a dream you have given up on, a deep need you have pressed down so many times that it ceases to surface – yet it remains.

Maybe you want to make a difference in the world around you, but you don’t know where to begin or you feel that your single contribution is too insignificant to count. Your life is a story, read by everyone you know. Your life influences, whether you know it or not.

And today is yet to be written. Tomorrow, next week and next year are yet to be written.

What an opportunity.

See it as an opportunity rather than an impossible challenge. Let faith drive away doubt. Let encouragement flood your soul in that area. Take one step today towards repairing that relationship, pursuing that dream or facing whatever the challenge may be. Then take another step tomorrow, and the next day.

You can do this. You and God.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)


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