So often we are frazzled, excited, or overwhelmed by the next big thing we are going to be or do…drive a car, get married, buy a house, have kids, re-do a room, a vacation and so on. The problem is that sometimes we forfeit the joys of the journey for the emptiness of expectations. What if you spent a month preparing for something and the day before it was supposed to happen you died? Maybe you spent that whole month pushing off other better things, ignored your husband, spent too much time worrying, was easily irritable and so on…if you knew that was the only month you had left to live, would you have done things the way you did?
Well, in preparing for a possible move in the next couple months I have had some time to dwell on this idea of enjoying the journey. I have had moments where I’ve been so caught up in future possibilities that I stopped living in the moment. I still have a family to care for, a husband to love, people to serve and my God to love and obey! I have learned that I need to guard my heart against sucking out the joy of today in pursuit of tomorrow.
Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”
So, what is it that we are looking forward to that’s causing us to neglect or destroy today?
Let’s together decide we aren’t going to forfeit the journey…whether it’s the car ride to the grocery store or a flight to another country…TODAY let’s be kind, tender-hearted, merciful, blessing others, enjoying this so called blah-say laundry washing, kid-meltdown, dirty floor, sick, tired, in-between, less than average day!!!
The world says the next new thing, idea, place is going to make us happy. NOPE! I disagree! I would say it’s three things: TRUST, CONTENTMENT and GRATITUDE!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.