Travelers grow weary, and we are all of us travelers. Our paths cross and intermingle and yet keep their unique direction. We can relate to one another. We should encourage one another.
Our culture likes to critique. Christians like to follow suit. But the words that drip from our lips should be wine to those whom need refreshed and honey for those whom need revived. We should stride with one another, barking courage into the hearts of our brothers and sisters.
“Be strong. Take courage," I say, "Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
God himself strides with you!
"I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you," he says. "Strength! Courage! Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
And so we travel on, through the lay-offs, through the disappointments, through the loss, through the betrayals, through the grit of it all. For we will not be overcome—Jesus himself is the Overcomer!
"I love the man that can smile in trouble," writes Thomas Paine, "that can gather strength from distress, and row brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
Row brave today brothers and sisters. He is with you—and so, peace goes with you. Be brave. Be brave.
Today's Prayer: Stride with me, Lord Jesus. Help me to stride with others in your strength, being your agent of peace and blessing.
 Deuteronomy 31:6 (The Message)
 Joshua 1:1-9 (The Message)
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Timothy Willard is the author of three books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. He lived in Oxford, England for two years studying beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis. He earned his PhD in Theology under the supervision of world-renowned theologian Alister McGrath. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.