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On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
September 18, 2019
I have four brothers, and when we get together, inevitably, during the course of our conversations, one will say something like this, “Last week, I drove to Cleveland in two hours and twenty minutes.” Then another one will chime in, “That’s nothing, the last time I went to Cleveland, I drove it in two hours and ten minutes.” And the bragging begins about how fast we can get to a destination. I have a brother who has a corvette with a personalized license plate that reads, “ETAB4U” (estimated time of arrival, before you). I always throw a wrench in the spokes” by saying something like this, “Well, the last time I went to Cleveland, I drove it in six hours and forty-three minutes, but along the way I stopped at an ice cream stand, two coffee shops, helped a lady with a flat tire, and then took the scenic route through Cuyahoga National Park.” And that usually ends the conversation, and we move on to something else. I am actually trying to make an important point by making a statement like that. Life is not simply about reaching our destination, it is also about the journey. It is about how we get to our destination and the things we do along the way that makes the journey worthwhile.
This is a mistake many Christians make about the Christian life. They think becoming a Christian is only about going to heaven when we die. And for sure, ending up in heaven is paramount! But our journey through life, our journey on the way to heaven is just as important, and perhaps even more so. Jesus had far more to say about the journey, about how we are to live life on this earth, than he did about where we end up. The majority of the Bible is about entering into a relationship with God and learning to walk with God through life. God cares about how we get to our eternal destination.
Yes, we can rush to get to our destination, but, oh my, the things we miss along the way if we are always in a rush. Life is much more enjoyable if we can slow down, take some scenic detours, and pay attention to the little treasures we find along the way. Certainly, it is a tragedy beyond comprehension to miss heaven. But perhaps, it may be an equally great tragedy to miss what God intends for us on our journey through life getting there.