Apr 20 2015

Verse for the Day: 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

How many times throughout your life have you started a new chapter in your life? If you are like me, there are probably too many to count. Some have minimal impacts on our lives like growing a year older, changing grades in school, celebrating another wedding anniversary or year of service at work. While some may take more effort on our part to accomplish like staying married or have a more significant importance or meaning at certain times in our lives. Like turning 21, graduating high school, or celebrating 10 or 20 years of service at work - these chapters usually come and go with little thought or effort on our part. 

Then there are those chapters in our lives that can bring huge changes some being good and some that truly test your faith. Some of these new chapters hit us out of the blue and are very unexpected like cancer, a heart attack, stroke or some other serious physical problem we have little or no control over. We also see new chapters caused by a divorce, loss of a job, or a new job that requires you to move someplace new. Again most of these types of chapter happen without any input or decision on our part regardless what we want.

But there are chapters in our lives that we can consciously choose and have input into as to when and where they will happen. Like deciding to get married, starting a family, changing careers, buying a new home, or deciding to retire. And for me personally I have decided to start one of these new chapters by retiring after 42 years of service - the last 38 years working in the oil and gas industry. July 6th 2015 will be my last official day with my company, but my last day in the office will be May 22nd (Vacation time to use up)

Throughout my working career I have acquired many new friends with each one of them being a part of that journey. And whether I have met you personally or not I feel my time of sharing devotions over the last 3+ years has been one of those chapters in my life that has had a huge impact on my life. My prayer is that in some small way at least one of these devotions has helped you in this journey called life. I know for me personally God has used this chapter in my life of writing devotions to draw me closer to Him. And while it’s been difficult to get devotions out over the last several months, I hope you will join me in my prayer as I prepare to retire from my current earthly job, that the Lord will use me in new ways and old ways like never before. 

As I always say “I may not know what tomorrow holds or what the next moment even holds, but I do know “Who” holds each of those moments and each of those days. So for me, regardless what new chapter comes along in my life whether chosen or unchosen, if I keep my eyes focus on Jesus knowing He holds every moment in His hands I can go into the future ready and equipped for whatever life brings.

So I leave you with this poem or writing that I received the other day with no authors name attached:  At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize that they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring we give the best of ourselves. 

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life. 

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train. 

I pray whatever New or Old Chapter you find yourself on today that you realize this is only our temporary home. That one day this journey or train ride we are currently on will end as the Lord calls us Home. So, again thank you for being a part of my journey and may God shine His face on you and your family as we travel this journey called life.