4:56 – Different Paths, One Destination
#faithbites #faithjourney paths
During my morning shower, I was reflecting on the different degrees I have earned: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Arts, and now Doctor of Education. I’m sharing this not to brag or boast but to look at the different fields represented. Science, humanities, and education. If you would have told my 18-year-old self that his 43-year-old self would have those degrees, we would have thought you were crazy. While those who usually pursue those degrees are on different paths than mine, they lead me to one destination.
Is one of those paths better than the other? Who would I be if I had followed a different path?
Just like my education path, my #faithjoirmey path is different from others. Each of of us have a different way to honor God and explore our faith. How I do it isn’t the same as others and that’s ok.
Today’s questions: What does your #faithjourney look like? What decisions has God out in your life to change your path? How will your faith affect your future path?
- Job 23:11 – My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
- Proverbs 3:6 – in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- 2 Peter 1:20-21 – Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
I often joke that if my life was a trip from Bloomington, Il to Chicago, Il it would go through New York, London, Cape Town, Moscow, Sydney, LA, and then Chicago. It’s not a straight path and that’s ok. What we need to do as we see in Job is just follow his footsteps. How we do that is different for each person as we all have different skills. Jesus was a carpenter. I don’t have those skills nor am I a Rabbi. I can still share his word and teach in my own circle. In Proverbs, we see that he will make your paths straight. It doesn’t mean that each person will have the same path, but through Christ, he will make it straight for you. That is pretty powerful stuff. We don’t have to be the same person or follow the same path to follow Christ. Through reading scripture and understanding what it means, then we can move forward on the paths he has set for each one of us.
Today I was talking to a good friend and told her I don’t know what my path is. I’m still looking for that next task or goal or objective to complete. I do know that any path or journey I embark on will have Jesus with me.
As we close, remember it’s important to know that your path is your own. There is no “one right” way to follow Jesus. Follow his word and let him lead you on the path he created for you.
Lord Jesus, thank you for creating plans for us and paths to follow. Sometimes it is hard for us to know that you made a unique path for us to follow. It’s always hard to not compare where we are to where our friends and family are in life and in our #faithjourney. Today we pray for guidance to find the path you want for us and to stick to it. We pray this in your name, Amen.