Enjoying the Journey

At every stage on the journey we face crossroads – choices that will have long-lasting effects on both ourselves and others. Direction determines destination. There is never a day that we do not need God’s wisdom and never a season of life that we can afford to make decisions on our own. Week after week I meet people in every place where I travel who are trying to find the Lord’s will. What should I do? Who should I marry? Where should I go to college? How should I deal with this problem? When will the time be right to make a move? Perhaps the greater question, the question that helps to answer all of the others, is: How do…

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Someone said to me not long ago, “You must really love to travel!” Anyone who has spent much time on the road will tell you that the initial thrill and adventure wears off fairly quickly. Something else has to keep you going. Life itself is a journey – full of goodbyes, unexpected circumstances, and change. These realities can be both frustrating and sad. How do you keep moving forward? The way to deal with departures, delays, and detours is to keep your heart set on the destination! Sometimes the road is long. Some days the journey is tiring. But Someone is waiting for you at the end. My response to my friend was this, “I don’t always love to travel but I…

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We are in the midst of planning our annual family vacation.  Some of my fondest childhood memories surround family trips.  There is a certain adventure to it all!  My wife and children love to travel and it has made for wonderful times together.  Sometimes the road trip is as much fun as the destination! Several years ago I began writing on this blog.  At the time I chose “Enjoying the Journey” as the title.  I want to enjoy the journey with Jesus and those that He has chosen for me to share the journey with.  Along the journey there are certain things that you grow accustomed to watching for. Along the journey there are yield signs.  To ignore a “yield”…

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Another trip.  I am sitting in a hotel room in Fort Worth, Texas tonight.  Tomorrow we host an Open House at Crown Southwest and begin a Regional Youth Congress.  I have no complaints, only gratitude.  Traveling is a privilege and an opportunity to grow.  I learn something on every journey and, with Christ, it is the adventure of a lifetime. Many travels have caused me to realize an aspect of our Lord’s earthly life that I never truly considered.  Jesus Christ was the ultimate Traveler.  For 33 1/2 years He was away from home.  At night He had no place to lay His head.  Scripture tells us that when others went to their own houses Jesus went to the Mount…

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Goodbyes are hard.  I was standing in a security line at an airport not long ago preparing to go through the regular process that has become so much a part of flying.  In front of me was a young lady who was weeping.  Occasionally she would turn around and strain to see if her loved one was still there.  A faint smile.  A wave.  Another goodbye.  With all that has changed about travel through the years, some things never change.  It is not easy to say goodbye to those you love. My attitude was much different than the young lady who was in line with me.  You see, I was going home.  On the other end of my flight was…

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Walking with God is a life long journey.  I am very grateful that along the way there are people who come along side to encourage us.  So many distractions would have become detours if it had not been for more mature travelers who guided us forward. The beloved apostle John tells us about a good man named Gaius who made it his business to help others stay on the right path.  In fact, John wrote to him with full confidence that he would help bring God’s servants “forward on their journey” (3 John 6).  We know that God is always moving forward.  In the words of Hudson Taylor, “God is always advancing.”  But at times it seems everything has conspired…

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I have always enjoyed travel.  As a little boy I had the opportunity to visit a number of wonderful places with my dad and mom.  Now, it is a thrill to take my own children on adventures to new places.  One thing has changed about travel for me.  Like most young people I was always anxious to “get there.”  The anticipation of what we would do once we arrived at our destination was the main thing.  As I get older I am learning that much of the fun of the trip is the journey itself.  And so it is with life. Dr. Curtis Hutson said many years ago, “I know I am going to enjoy the destination, but I want…

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