When writing fiction, I tried to make sure each chapter ended with a hook, something to give the reader an intense desire to keep moving forward in the story.
However, sometimes we get stuck in our own stories. During difficult times, we think there isn’t hope and there isn’t a reason to keep moving forward. How often do we forget our stories aren’t finished?
No matter where you may be, regardless of the stage you are in your life, your story is not over. Even when your time on this planet ends, your story is not over. There’s always another chapter.
Paul wrote of running his race to win the prize and keeping his eyes focused on the goal. He reminded us there’s more to come. For Christ’s followers something wonderful is coming, and I can guarantee eternal life won’t be boring.
Keep moving forward. Keep running the race even when you can’t run. Keep your eyes focused on God and keep turning the page of your story, because the next chapter is amazing!
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So, run to win!” ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)
“So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’ And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’” ~ Revelation 21:1-5 (NASB)