I was looking through some photos from our recent trip to a couple of beautiful hill stations here in Kerala. Looking for photos to post online, we look for the best photos that show a great image of us. We want the right setting, lighting, background, clothes and of course, the best smile. We want to show the world: “Look at me, I’m having fun and looking happy.”
The apostle Paul wanted to present a different image of himself to the world. He said, “But you have followed my teaching, my conduct, my purpose in life; you have observed my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance, my persecutions, and my sufferings. You know all that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, the terrible persecutions I endured! But the Lord rescued me from them all.”
Paul’s character, faith, and purpose remained constant in the midst of difficulties. These important aspects of his life remained constant because of his trust in God. The circumstances in his life were terrible, but he trusted God to sustain him.
So, what about those neat pictures from our vacation? They are fine, but they don’t define me. Those vacations are nice, but they don’t sustain me in times of difficulties.
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