“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” This is part of an intimate conversation between Joshua and God in the first chapter of Joshua. Moses has died and the staff has passed to Joshua to lead God’s people in taking that final step into the promised land. Joshua remembers the relationship between God and Moses, and now here he stands chosen to reel in a prize decades in waiting. I can only imagine he is a little intimidated at the sandals he is going to fill. God is reassuring Joshua that He has confidence in him and He wants Joshua to have confidence in knowing that the Mighty One is on his side just as He was with Moses. It reminds me of a kind of pep talk as Joshua prepares to go to war and faces the challenges of an enemy. Eli read this verse at the Lads to Leaders convention this weekend. I love that Joshua in his writings gives us this little peek into the beginning of his personal relationship with God. I think it shows that God is sympathetic to the emotions of human nature. He wanted to be encouraging to Joshua as he began his own journey. I picked that verse for Eli to read for a couple of reasons. First, the obvious, it is an encouraging message as Eli faces his own journey, and, secondly, because he has read it in chapel at school, so I thought it would be easy for him. I know, not as touching, but it is the truth. Eli has had a pretty good day minus the not eating. He only takes a nausea medicine in the morning and an antibiotic three times a week. The picture I’m including is just of Eli smiling a genuine smile.