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Most people know of Astronaut Mae Jemison. She is one of 15 African American astronauts. Also in 2009, NASA chose Charles Bolden as the first African American Administrator. Each astronaut works to keep America first in space travel. Just as NASA carefully selects astronauts for space travel, God selects people for missions. God chose Saul of Tarsus for his mission. We remember that Saul was Christ’s enemy until he had that life-changing experience on the road to Damascus. He discovered that Jesus of Nazareth, whom he thought was a fraud, was instead the Son of God. After getting Saul’s attention with a light from heaven, Jesus said to him, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go to the city, and you will be told what to do.” The Lord then spoke to Ananias, a disciple who lived in Damascus. God told him to tell Saul that God had chosen him to implement a three-fold mission: Saul was to take God’s message to the Gentiles, to kings, and to the people of Israel. God further said that while he was fulfilling this mission, he would learn what it meant to suffer for the Lord. We rejoice that Saulówho chose to use the name Paulófulfilled his mission. He said at the end of his life, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” Like Paul, each child of God should aim to finish his or her God-given mission.

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