Have you recently planned on a trip away from home? Was it for business, or for pleasure? A lengthy journey, or a quick trip?
Probably all of us have done this. How do we usually prepare? Are you a list-maker? Do you just keep mental notes and hope you get it all done?
There's so much to be done!
First, we must choose where we are going -- many miles away, or just a few? What do we hope to accomplish? Is this trip for fun? For excitement? For relaxation? For learning?
Once we know the why and the where, we can choose the "how." Will we need tickets for train or airplane travel? Will we use our vehicle or rent one? Many of us will juggle these to decide what is the most cost-effective way to travel to our chosen destination, and then to travel home again.
Now we must consider that home. Will everything we leave behind be safe? We need to make arrangements for pets -- will they board somewhere, or will someone come and care for them? Will the lights be programmed to give the illusion that someone is home?
Lastly, what will we take with us on our trip? We must consider where we are going, and what activities we will participate in -- warm clothing or cool, fancy or casual. And let's not forget to pack all of our daily toiletries and medicines!
Can we just stay home? (Grin)
Dear Christian friends, do we put as much thought and energy into our life journey as we do into our earthly trips?
First of all, just as on our earthly trips, we need to know where we are going:
For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14
Next, what is the purpose of our trip? Why are we making this journey?
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; Philippians 1:23
Yes, to be with our Lord, Who died in our place because of His mercy and great love for us! Now, how do we prepare?
Lastly, what shall we pack? What will we take with us? (Trick question, right?)
Now we can make our plans! For the most important journey ever -- the journey that takes place step by step, each day, as the Spirit sanctifies us and prepares us to live with Him!