It has been less than a week since I started my new job, but working there, especially in the bindery, brings back very fond memories of the print shop I worked at in Bozeman.

As I left for work yesterday morning, I asked God if I had made a mistake in leaving Montana. Can you believe it? I’m living in Alaska and I’m asking God if I made a mistake leaving Montana? But I did. However, before I was barely able to get the question out of my head, I knew the answer.

No. I did not make a mistake. In fact, I have learned things since leaving that I never would have learned had I stayed. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is the importance—the value—of friends. Perhaps one of the most important things in life are people, and especially friends.

Over the last several years I have learned first hand what Christ meant when he said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life” (Luke 18:29-30). In leaving my family I have seen God bless me with an even better Family—a family of believers.

Only two things in this world will last forever—God’s Word and people (see I Peter 1:24-25). In fact, all of life can be summed up in two simple rules which I have adapted into a life motto (although I must confess I am still learning to live by this motto and what it means; and I am still a long way from mastering it). This motto is based off see Matthew 22:37-40:

First love God, then love others, no matter what it may cost you of your own life.


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