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So Paul and Barnabas split.  Paul and Silas started off for a second journey. Soon into the trip, Paul met up with a young man named Timothy.  It became apparent to Paul that God had a plan for young Timothy, and therefore, Paul prepared Timothy and took him on the team to help with ministry. Timothy would go on to become Paul’s right hand and dear friend.  Timothy took ministry seriously and while young he became a pastor and led many to Christ–but, hold the phone…

What if Paul would have agreed to take Mark and he and Barnabas would have set out as originally planned? Would Paul have taken on a new young man to mentor? So much of what we do day to day can have real impact on the kingdom of Heaven.  The problem is that often those things that have the impact are not readily apparent. That is why it is the job of those that follow the Lord to remain faithful and simply keep moving forward.

God can often times even use our knuckleheaded moves to advance his kingdom.  We simply have to trust that he has a plan for us. We daily rise with the intention to follow him closely and humbly. As we travel through our day, we remain focused on the prize and honor him with our lives.  Finally, he takes our daily journey and uses it to conform us into his image; and, in that process we influence others to know and follow Christ.  There is never a short cut, but there is always a path to an abundant and amazing journey.

God Bless You

Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.