It is not about what you do.
Acts 18: 1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
A new chapter, a new day, a new journey, a new city and a new story!
Luke writes this sentence quite matter of fact. It is simple. Paul left Athens and he went to Corinth. The story moves forward and we are opened to a new city and we are ready for more activity and new adventures.
But it is never as simple as that is it?
As with this verse we never know the full story, do we?
When people ask you, “How are you doing?” is your reply about your activity? Is that what they want to hear?
“So how’s things going Paul?” “Well, this is what happened in Athens and now I am moving into Corinth and I am hoping to get great results in this city.”
Some people spend their whole life talking about what they have done or what they are about to do and not about who they are and how they feel.
Was Paul discouraged leaving Athens? Was he angry over the responses he received from those apparent learned people? Was his enthusiasm curbed? Was he sad? Was he tired? He is alone travelling but is he lonely? What is missing from his life? What needs does he have? What would make it easier for him? Is he afraid of what lies ahead?
Luke doesn’t say and we don’t know and maybe we never thought about it and maybe no one cares.
But Paul is human and he is so much more than activity. So are you and so am I.
How can this change?
Maybe today we can begin to change it for someone. Maybe instead of asking them about their activity, we find a question that unlocks who they are.
Maybe today you pray less about what you are going to do and more about the person you have become and are becoming.
What no one sees does matter.