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Tomorrow is the date that forever changed my life from what I expected and planned. Each year I am faced with a new March 7th, a new opportunity to live the day’s anniversary a different way. So often in life when we experience something very special or something tragic or sad on a particular day, it becomes embedded in our minds. Anniversaries of a loved one’s death may cause us grief and mourning all over, or perhaps we can smile through the tears because we made it to the next step of grief. Maybe the anniversary is a good day, because it reminds us of the birth of a child, a first date, a wedding day.

This is the twelfth year to acknowledge this day. A few times, I have spent it in tears. I know God caught each one (Psalm 56:8). I will admit some years I was so engrossed in life that I missed the actual day pass by, only to consider it days later. A few times I attempted to make positive memories on that day—taking the kids out for a nice dinner, having a family fun day. This year, I opted to get myself a gift. I purchased a necklace from Giving Keys. I was excited to receive this personal gift. I opted to have it engraved with the name of my Lord and Savior, “Jesus.” I had great anticipation of this item as I tracked the shipping. It is not often that I get myself something, especially something that isn’t a necessary item. Usually I find myself getting myself a vacuum or kitchen towels.

The gift came Saturday. I opened it up and it was even better than I could have imagined. The key, once a key used to unlock some door in the world, had been repurposed by this great organization, and is now a necklace I will wear for the unforeseen days ahead. As I first glanced at the face of the key and noticed the name Jesus, I noticed the key that was chosen. Around the key, there are laurels. I held the key for a moment, just staring at the laurels. It reminded me of two things—the great journey God took me through at Laurel University, where He saw me through to achieve the B.A. in Christian Ministry, which hangs in my office and reminds me of where God brought me—a great reminder stone set up to look back and praise Him. The second thing I consider with the laurels is victory. The Greeks once crowned the victorious with laurels. With Jesus, we have victory. Fear not, He has overcome. As I prepare myself to live another March 7th, I am reminded that maybe one day will forever change the path of your life, but only Jesus forever changes your life and offers you true life—life everlasting.

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’” – John 6:35 [ESV]

 “But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.” – 1 Timothy 6:11-12 [MSG]

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With Hesitation

Many people can remember Lot’s wife getting turned into a pillar of salt in Genesis 19, as God was destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. We cannot only consider Lot’s wife looking back, showing that she could not leave her sin behind. We also need to note the hesitation of Lot. He was commanded to leave with his daughters, but verse 16 notes that he hesitated, causing the angels to grab him.

Lot was not jumping for joy to leave Sodom—the angels grabbed him and took him from Sodom. He hesitated. He considered what he would be losing by leaving Sodom. He considered if he should go or stay. We do the same thing at times when we are living in sin. We consider if we really need to give up certain sin. We hesitate.

Today if there is something that God is trying to weed out of your life, don’t turn around, don’t hesitate. God knows what is best for you. Trust Him and walk forward with confidence.

“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” – Romans 6:16 [NLT]