A Tearful Pleading
David Livingstone spent only 10 of his 30 years in Africa serving a mission board. And most of that time he went his own way, often ignoring the advice of his friends. The Apostle Paul had friends too. On one occasion they tearfully pleaded with him not to go to Jerusalem, lest he be taken captive. But he was determined. “Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be tied up, but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21: 13) Sometimes following the Lord means going against the advice of your friends.