For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
—Philippians 1:20-25 (NLT)
Thank you, Jesus, for life. Just as Paul stated so eloquently, living is Christ in me. I have also been torn between two desires. But going to be with the Lord is only better for me. It does not take into consideration the purpose I have to encourage others. For me to live is Christ. I praise God that somewhere someone longs to be encouraged in their faith. I write to live for Christ. It is all I know. Jesus is alive in me. Knowing that someone needs to read a word of encouragement, I am convinced—just as Paul—that I will live and continue to help others experience the joy of their faith. So many miss the joy of His promises. They are very real, and I praise Him that as my strength returns, I will continue to write to you again.