Every person’s life tells a story. Sometimes our lives—quite unexpectedly—become part of God’s larger narrative.

The potential is there at any time, in any moment.

Prepare yourself now for what you may least expect—for the voice of God to join with yours in telling the story that is your life.

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Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:39-40

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Dear Diary,

I’m heading back to school and I’m already learning about Enoch, Abel, Noah, Abraham, and Sarah. And there are others listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. So what does all this mean and how do I fit in?

As you walk the halls of your school this year, walk confidently because you are not alone. The Message translates verse 40 this way: God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.

So be encouraged in your walk of faith by knowing that others have gone before you. They have had some of the same struggles you have—doubt, frustration, isolation, and more. But even as they struggled, they kept seeking God, believing that God rewards those who seek him. They were right!

Steve Cothran

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Faithful, rewarding God, help me to seek you—not only in my spare time but all the time, and with my whole heart—confident that you reward those who faithfully seek you. Amen.

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It’s easy to think you are alone, that no one else experiences life like you do.

But go now into your day knowing this: God has not left you alone, and your struggles are much the same as everyone you know and those you don’t know.

God understands. God accepts you. And God is leading the way.

Steve Cothran

Starting out as a summer camp counselor and serving on church staffs for 20+ years in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina, Steve Cothran has worked with youth since his youth. He enjoys relating life to Seinfeld, dreams of becoming an extra on The Walking Dead, and names his pets (including current dog Brooks) after former Furman University roommates. His wife Nancy is also a minister, and they have three semi-adult children: Marina, Raleigh, and Robyn.

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