Are you growing or just going through the journey?

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Journey Plane SunsetA while ago I flew to San Diego for a conference. After squeezing into the dreaded middle seat and checking to make sure there was an airsick bag (I’m prone to motion sickness), I said hi to the fellow inmates on either side of me. They pretty much pretended I didn’t exist. Inspired by the experiences flying offers, I pulled out my iPad and took some notes.

Lessons learned at 37,000 feet:

  • Many live isolated lives. We want our personal space, and we’re not really interested in the other guy’s story. The new normal is to live in our little bubble and keep to ourselves. But wouldn’t it be better to share even a piece of our lives? No man is an island (especially in the middle seat).

  • Life is bumpy at times. I religiously search for the infamous chuck bag every time I get on a plane. I don’t want to be caught unprepared. I expect the unexpected, and I plan ahead for what might happen. Maybe that’s not a bad way to live this life too.

  • You can’t live long on snacks. The mirco-bag of airline pretzels isn’t meant to truly satisfy. Some try to live their spiritual life on spiritual snacks too. They get just a little Word here and a little prayer there, but not nearly enough to live on.

  • Location matters. On a flight, our location affects our view and comfort. In our spiritual life, location also matters. The Bible says in Colossians 3:1 (NIV)“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

  • There are lots of things we take for granted. One of the good things about flying is it reminds me of the benefits on the ground that I take for granted! Truth is I am blessed.

  • We all have baggage. Whether it’s an actual suitcase or emotional wounds and relational issues, we often carry heavy burdens. Maybe it’s time to get rid of some baggage and check it with Jesus.

  • Travel is necessary to get to another location. As much as I dislike air travel nowadays, flying is often the best transportation. You can’t escape travel in life, either; it requires motion. I can’t grow or change without it. First, I need a destination; then I need to move.

Journey Road Less

May I suggest, whether you take the road less traveled, or a jumbo jet, make time to reflect on your life today.

May I pray for you?

God, as we journey through this life (in anticipation of the next!) may we travel well, with you as our ever-present companion. Amen.

“Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,

all radiant from the shining of your face.

Ever since you took my hand,

I’m on the right way”

Psalm 16:11 MSG.

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4 Responses to Are you growing or just going through the journey?

  1. Kurt,

    Glad I am not the only one who looks for the little bag. Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

    God has been impressing on me that behind every face is a story. How sad that we brush elbows for years but never truly connect. I need to grow through my introverted introversion to reach out to others.

    Keep up the good work!

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