A few days ago our family was discussing what to do on vacation, visiting family and friends, and travels for the summer. Travel!
Vacation's are fun aren't they? We all love a good vacation, a time to get a way from all the stress and worries of our every day lives and see new parts of the world. People plan events like going to a game and watching our favorite team, seeing that special place that we want to go, even going to the lake or camping. We look forward to the destination that we have planned.
When the kid were smaller one of the best places we went to was Duluth. WOW so fun and beautiful. The light house, Canal park, Gooseberry falls, the Pizza train. Such good memories. That week was truly great, well most of it.
Duluth from Clara City is 228 miles or according to Google maps 3 hours and 48 min. long. I would tend to disagree with Google on how long the trip took. With younger kids we added on for sure an extra 45 min. to the trip and by younger kids I mean: getting lost, stopping at shop's, a gas station for a potty break or two, and getting treats. Not to mention the time's I'm sure I said the dreaded "I'll turn this car around if you don't stop that." Does every dad use that line or is it just in my family?
My point is this any "big" journey often brings with it a "mixed bag." Sure we set of to go to Duluth and to check out all it had to offer. The destination was a blast, but getting there was the journey and we can't "plan" our complete journey's can we? There are breakdowns, fights, blown tires, detours, and all kinds of surprises. There are sunny days, rainy days, and storms along the way.
We Christians, true followers of Christ, not just those that say they follow, know that our destination is Heaven and it takes a life time to get there. All the wile we have detours, storms, sunny day's, and some of the best things that this life has to offer. Christian friends, God is both our destination and our guide. God has promised to be with us every step of the way. Through the fear, the loss, the smiles, the laughter, and the tears.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
In your life's journey remember that our gracious and merciful God, who saved us all from the pits of Hell asks us to "Act justly, love mercy, and walk Humbly with God." Everything else on this journey is an opportunity to minister to others through how we treat them. God is never going to threaten us that he is going to turn the car around, He loves us through our entire life's journey and as believers in Christ we, I, need to remember that.
So next time YOUR plans aren't going YOUR way or "that one person" isn't acting like you want them too remember to LOVE them and show them Grace. Love them more and show more Grace - that's the journey.
1. Who do you need to show Grace to and Love more?
2. What actions along your life's journey do you need to ask for