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One last thing

It can be a prelude to a new beginning

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:25).

Have you ever been down to your last ... thing? You may not have planned it that way, but one day you woke up to find you’re down to your last dollar, last dream, last friend or even last pair of clean socks.

Maybe it was the last gallon of gas in the car, the last slice of pizza in the refrigerator or perhaps your last nerve—the same last nerve that got you through the past year?

What about the last time your family was all together? The last time you saw someone’s face? Or your last ounce of energy?

We work so hard to have more—friends, control, money, time—and yet sometimes it’s when we are down to our last something that we are able to better see God’s handiwork.

I like to remind myself that God can work through anyone, anytime—no matter what my situation or opinion.

I also like to remind myself that “one last things” can be a prelude to a new beginning. God can change situations. God can change me. I like to celebrate hope on the journey because it may take a few days, weeks, months or years to get wherever it is we’re going.

Getting to a new place takes work. Transformation is a process, not a place. And getting somewhere means leaving something behind.

It’s not always easy, but with eyes focused on God there is light in the darkness. Fear can be snuffed out when we have One in whom we hope.


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