Hebrews 12....a huge stadium....the ancient Grecian games....grandstands filled with some of the all-time greatest heroes of faith who are yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs CHEERING US ON as we run a race known as our spiritual journey.
That's what our series "Yesterday" is all about.
It's about looking up into those grandstands and imagining what those cheers might sound like through the lips of some of the greatest spiritual influencers throughout church history - people like George Fox, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Thomas a Kempis, John Calvin, George Herbert, and several other great men and women.
Every one of these people recognized that our life with God is, in fact, a spiritual journey. And they all had unique and extremely valuable ideas and insights into that journey. Insights that are Biblical, practical, and extremely challenging to all of us who are on that journey today.
I can hardly wait.....because I honestly believe that this is going to be one of the most creative, artistic, and life-giving series we've ever done here at The Orchard.
Recently, Amanda and I, and our three kids all piled into our super sweet sexy mini-van for a six-hour road trip up to Minnesota. And I’ll be honest... The first couple hours of the trip were.......well, they were a mess. Horrible actually. Traffic was out of control, my kids were acting possessed by bored demons on crack, I was tired, and frankly.....I just wanted to GET THERE!
Which is EXACTLY what the problem was!
I had become so focused on “getting there” that I wasn’t (at all) enjoying or valuing the journey itself.
I think that’s an easy thing to let happen in our own lives isn’t it? We become so focused on just “getting” to the destination (Heaven/Calling/Destiny/Dream Job/Fill in the Blank...) that we don’t value the journey of actually getting there!
Which is a problem.
Because the journey is the place where God seems to form us and shape us into the people He created us to be.
The bumpy road. The loud children. The heavy traffic. The flat tires. The break downs. It’s all a part of the journey, isn’t it?
Yet, even in those moments I have to believe that there’s something happening beneath the surface. That there’s something in me that is being formed and shaped.....and that is somehow going to make the destination all that much sweeter.
So let’s value the journey - not just the destination.
It sure helped our road trip once I made that decision. (And seriously, thanks Amanda for the motivation...)