Leaving is hard. Yet it is a big part of our lives. We leave home, jobs, friends and family. We also leave old habits or negative thought patterns. Sometimes we leave by choice or circumstance. Sometimes by the rhythm of life. And sometimes we are forced to leave against our will.
I have come to look at leaving not as a negative, but rather as the start of something new. My son just left for college and my daughter for a trip abroad. The experiences they will have cannot happen if they stay home. The same is true for us in our walk with God. We cannot stay where we are and go with Him. Many choose to stay where they are because they are afraid of what lies ahead. Others stay because they are too comfortable. But some choose to go where God calls and are used to lead others to salvation and to bring honor and glory to Him.
God has a plan for our lives and if we want the life He created us for, then we must be willing to leave our own will and accept His way. Paul had this right when he said, " ... but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." Philippians 3:13-14.
Where is God calling you today? Is it to a new job? A new ministry opportunity? Is He simply calling you to spend time with Him? GO! God's got you! He will never leave you or forsake you. Hmm... Maybe staying with God is is the only time leaving shouldn't be an option!
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