Even when we feel like asking like a child “Are we there yet?” …we need to continue on the journey of faith. Just like going on a trip you will have highs and lows, sweet surprises and unfortunate disappointments. You will encounter unexpected events as well as amazing grace. The title of this blog explains my perspective of the journey. Remember to “Take Your Faith With You” wherever you go.
Think about when you are going to take a trip…do you plan and gather resources? Typically you pack a bag, at least one. Sometimes people make a checklist to be sure they have everything and sometimes people just grab a few things and head out. Do you bring a map or I guess now it would be a GPS capable device as a guide? When you are on the trip do you spend time regretting not taking a turn or trying to change something that didn’t go well on the trip? Or do you continue to press on…knowing that things will be ok, looking for ways to improve yourself and your decision making in order to have a better experience for yourself as well as others with you on the trip. Do you find that when you are lost or not sure where to go that the map/GPS is helpful in guiding you to a better situation?
For me every day is another day on the journey to discover more about and engage in faith with life. I start by consulting the guide book or spiritual GPS called the Bible. For any thoughts of worry or concern I offer them up to God in prayer, this helps me remember to keep a positive perspective on the events in my day…it reduces stress, frustration, etc…I also pray to help me see his work in the world and to bless every interaction with others in my day. Just stating such a prayer each morning helps me remember God throughout the day. When others share good news or bad news I praise God either for the blessings of the good news or for wisdom to see what he wants us to learn from the bad news.
Through it all, as a human, I stumble and sometimes I fall down completely…I still get mad, I still feel frustrated and I still feel sadness at times…I am not a robot. We all still have all of our emotions…the difference is how we choose to respond to those feelings and emotions and whether or not we share those feelings and emotions with God. After all, he created us…he knows us better than we could ever imagine. The hard part is learning to trust him more and more and including him in your daily walk for every situation good or bad.
The more I have engaged in this behavior the more I am amazed how he guides me to do more for others and how wonderful you feel when you really stop focusing on how everything affects me or makes me feel. The focus on self alone is the work of evil and will keep you from God…he created each of us for far more than we could know and the only path to discovering that is to walk with him to ask him questions, to speak with him. To take direction from the spiritual GPS…here is a good instruction to start with…
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be people of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
After that start reading everyday…the book of Proverbs is a great place to start in the Old Testament. I pray that each day we all can work on inviting and trusting God to guide us and be with us every step on our journey to the life everlasting. Amen