Be strong, and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. – Joshua 1:9.

One of my favorite quotes mainly because I love the word “whithersoever.” It’s one of those words you don’t want to look up in the dictionary because you don’t want to be disappointed.

One of the most difficult tasks of any football coach, baseball manager, or other leader is to encourage their charges to have goals, but at the same time not to look too far ahead. It was drummed into me in my sports years, ‘One game at a time, One out (or yard) at a time, concentrate on this batter, or don’t be looking ahead.’ I bet you have a thousand such truisms as well.

Our life’s journey contains the same pitfalls of looking too far out in the future. We are cautioned like the guide tells the cautious traveler. “Don’t be gazing at that mountain or river in the distance, saying, ‘how shall I ever get over them.’” Our life’s journey is traveled by keeping the present inch before you, and we accomplish that in the little moment that belongs to it. When it comes to pass the mountain or river, you will also come to the light and strength that belong to them.  

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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