By   •   December 28, 2023   •   Topics: ,


I don’t really know why I’m here in this life. All I do is work and pay my bills. Starting another year with the same old things happening stifles me, especially when I see all my friends living it up.


From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Life is a journey, although we sometimes forget it. Life becomes so hectic. We become so preoccupied with our immediate concerns that we don’t step back and see the whole picture. For many people life is a constant struggle just to survive. Others have everything they could ever want, yet remain unfulfilled, though they may not admit it.

We are not here by chance or by accident; God put us on this journey called life. We came from Him, and our greatest joy will come from giving ourselves back to Him and learning to walk with Him every day.

Some see their own life’s journey as a series of unrelated events—some good, some bad, strung together like beads on a string. Others feel trapped like a leaf in a rushing stream, tossed about by circumstances beyond control. Many people may never have stopped to think about the road they are traveling.

But God didn’t intend for our journey through life to be this way. Instead, He meant for it to be filled with purpose, whether in good times or bad times. He also wants to guide us as we make decisions and to give us hope for the future. Most of all, He desires to make this journey with us.

Sometimes we get tired of the burdens of life brought on by sickness, isolation, or despair in the midst of overwhelming problems. If you will believe in the Lord Jesus and follow Him, you will learn that He goes before you every step of the way. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NKJV).

(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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