Today I’m enjoying a “Daddy-Daughter” day while my wife attends the E-Women’s conference. The first place my daughter, Anna, always wants to go is Chick-fil-A. The plan is always the same: order food, eat food, watch Anna enjoy the playground till her heart’s content. Somehow, “Daddy-Daughter” day has a way of becoming “what ever daughter wants to do” day. My 6 year old has already asked if we can go to the toy store after we’re finished here. But that’s ok with me. The older she gets the more I’m enjoying these times.
This outing today has led me to some soul searching. While sitting here I’ve begun thinking about my own relationship with my Heavenly Father. For Anna, me taking her places & being with her is what it’s all about, but when we grow up that’s not what it’s about. I began realizing that much of my time with the Lord has been spent with me acting like a small child. Expecting our time together to be about whatever He can do to “make my day”. I do understand that He enjoys being with us, but when it comes down to it it’s really all about Him!
I think the Lord is trying to tell me something. The picture in this post came from my daughter’s kid’s meal. Thank you Lord for being patient even when I try to make it all about me!
p.s. As if right on cue, here comes Anna suggesting that we go home & make cookies for the neighbors & invite them to church! I think I’m starting to get the hint : )
Recently, I’ve been teaching a series of lessons on growth during our weekly staff meetings. It’s been very encouraging to receive input from our staff & even our ministerial interns. I wanted to share a few things from our last meeting that might add some insight to your journey.
There are some key elements necessary for the success of any journey. One of the most critical is a map. Whether you are accustomed to your atlas or you have migrated to the “dark side” of the digital world with GPS, you are still likely to depend upon a map of some kind. Here are some key things to remember.
#1 COMMIT TO THE JOURNEY
All the maps in the world can’t make up for lack of commitment. Have you ever tried to lead someone and felt like you were dragging the stubborn mule? (I’m being as nice as I can here) You can have a dream or desired goal in mind but if you’re not willing to commit that’s all it will ever be. One of the most frustrating things in the world is to see the potential in someone but realize they have no drive to ever do anything with it. Commitment is critical!
#2 CONSIDER THE COST
Jesus Himself warned against planning without considering the cost. If I’m planning a vacation with my family I know I must consider the cost. That allows me to plan as many activities as possible without being blind-sighted by a lack of resources. In this journey of faith & life we must realize it’s going to cost us something. Knowing the sacrifices involved ahead of time keeps me from the temptation to pack up & go home when a difficulty arises. I’m prepared. I know there’s going to be sacrifices along the way. I’m ready to make it happen!
#3 CONFIDENCE IN THE AUTHOR
To me, this is the most important element of the journey. We take for granted when looking at a map that the author knows what he/she is talking about. Somebody, before me, traveled this way. Someone has explored routes, charted roads, labeled exits, etc. In life, I look to those who have traveled the road I’m on. Whether it’s a specific career path or just a season of life, chances are someone has been here.
More importantly, my map for life is God’s Word, the Bible. I trust it’s Author. I trust He knows which route is best for me. Jesus came to earth to traverse the infirmities of man & to conquer our greatest hinderances. When I read and digest the map for life I know it’s reliable.
What helps would you add? Let us know in the comments section.