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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

Before You Move On

(Timothy Griffin)
April 30, 2013

boxes.jpgAs I talk with students, who are unsure of their future paths, I will often ask the question, “Did you get what you came here for?”

Of course, their mindset will usually go to thoughts about obtaining their degree. But my true inquiry is multi-layered.

You see, the ultimate question within my question is, “Did you accomplish what God had for you to accomplish while you were in this place?” That’s a question we should all ask ourselves in different seasons of our lives -- whether those seasons be jobs, schools, homes, singleness or the like.

I believe that God directs our steps and our missteps and that through everything He teaches and has purposes that will prevail.

With that in mind, my family and I moved into the town of Lynchburg over the weekend after spending nine months in the country. As we were moving, I found myself pondering the very same question, “Did we accomplish what God had for us while in that house – did we do what we went there for?”

You must really understand the trials that living in that house presented. From flea infestation, to tick trauma to fully-loaded refrigerator failure; while nearly every facet of our move last year took place with the smoothness of butter, that house often left us asking, “Did we chose the right place or did we miss God’s leading?”

looking_up.jpgWell, it’s important to understand that even walking in God’s path doesn’t always yield easy footing, but the footing is always sure. And even in those difficult times, whether sickness or pain, sadness or strain, there is a purpose. Our goal should be to continue to seek God’s plan and desire and operate in a Christ-like manner.

So, as God ordered our path to move on, and I ponder that question, the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 come to mind, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

I don’t know the exact answer to the question. Perhaps it was an unsolicited patience process for us, perhaps it was indeed to spread the fragrance of Christ, perhaps it was a little of both.  But thanks be to God, because we carried ourselves in a Christ-like fashion in the midst of our “persecution”, we leave confident that our departure letter to our “hosts”, sharing our love for God as the standard for our actions can be received by them without thoughts of hypocrisy.

In every situation, before you move on, look up and ask the question, “Did I get what I came here for?”

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.