“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.”  (II Corinthians 2:8). Don’t allow desperation to drive your decisions.  “Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart.  Wait, I say, on the Lord.”  (Psalm 27:14)

The circumstances of life are not your destiny.  Find your place of service and determine to walk in it, “be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”  I Corinthians 15:58)



There it stands . . . a dead pine tree.  Decaying and lifeless, but it still stands pushing upward into the sky among vibrant living trees.  It makes a statement of its own existence and presence in the world.  Though its lifetime is past, it stands without its vitality, flowing sap and beauty to remind us of the reality of life beyond its days.

Like this tree, our lives may end, but our works live on to influence, encourage, inspire, and to make known our contributions to others and to the world.  (Revelations 14:13 NKJV)  Each of us leaves something to the world that goes on and on.  Our challenge while we live is to give something worthwhile and full of life to others that can continue its inspiration after we’re gone.  Everything we do in life cannot be about ourselves or self serving.  No matter how long we live, our aim is to be purposeful beyond our own desires, inspiring beyond our own personal gains, and eternal beyond our days.

And really now:  Is this tree dead?  Closer examination of the surrounding landscape reveals other growing pine trees.  Once seedling tree plants are now growing into shrub size trees on their way to their own towering stance as full grown trees.  The dead tree lives on through the seeds that fell within its reach or carried away by birds or animals.

New life springs forth and grows to full maturity to stand tall as another generation of givers and contributors. The greater good of society is served by what people give rather than what they take from the world.  Each generation should try to do its best until it will be time for its chapter to close to open afresh new beginnings and new possibilities.  It is a continuing legacy!

How will your life be extended beyond your days?  Are you planting seeds? Are you bearing fruit and laboring to help people while you live?  The old saying becomes more and more real for those who know the blessing of aging, ‘a tree is known by the fruit it bears.’  The meaning of life is in our ability to perform at our best, offering our gifts and resources to others while we live.  After death, what we have given will live beyond our days,  “ . . . and their works do follow them.”  (Revelations 14:13 NKJV)

The life you live today will determine your possibilities for heaven and the strength of your witness from beyond the grave.  Only in Christ will you be able to live beyond your days?  Be sure to give Him your best service by serving others!


Some people will study the philosophies of men, spend hours researching matters of the world, listen to lectures on the most boring subjects, complete the requirements for various degrees, consult with professors under whose tutelage they must learn, travel far and wide to be educated, submit to testing to examine their knowledge of disciplines and methodologies, and commit themselves to enormous debt and will not do the same for the most valuable treasure of mankind – The soul!


Roads lead away from everything familiar, everything known, and everything already experienced into an unknown future, unknown and often unrecognized opportunities, experiences that are sometimes shrouded needing to be searched for and unveiled.  This road leads to life and all of its offerings for abundance, fulfillment, purpose and service for everyone courageous enough to travel thereon.  Covered by beauty at times, overwhelmed by the elements at other times, trees cover it with darkness, and sometimes the road may become a mere path through frightening forests or meander through dry and thirsty deserts.  But, travel you must, one step at a time and sometimes alone.

Everything unfamiliar becomes the norm and order of the day away from this scene of beauty.  But, such is life with its ever winding roads, expressways, paths, trails, highways, byways, or mere hikes in striking and challenging terrain, heading somewhere with new familiarities, new visions of beauty and possibility.

 “We walk by faith, not by sight” – II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

That is where life is . . . rich, beautiful, fulfilling and prosperous!  All that and more in the forever altering scenarios of that for which we all seek “. . . life and that they may have it more abundantly.”  — John 10:10 NKJV

Don’t allow what you see today engage you in fear or distress!  What you see on the road of life may be unfamiliar, but it is still rich with what will be new familiarities, new blessings, new opportunities, and new ways to trust God. 

Trust God by walking on, though alarmed by unfamiliar observations or experiences, keep moving and don’t allow yourself to be arrested in time.  One step at a time, one day at a time, believing God for an outcome, deliverance, and a destination of purpose within His plans for your life.  Keep on walking by faith.