Brian and I have been travelling this week. We started out in Illinois then crossed the Mississippi River at St. Louis into Missouri.
We continued on through Oklahoma,
And finally we drove into Texas, (which I just discovered is the birthplace of President Eisenhower).
It will take us the better part of three days, meandering through the Midwest, to get from Grayslake, IL to Austin, TX. It is a two-and-a-half hour flight, but there are times when a road trip is the only way to go.
The Christian life is like a road trip. When you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, the trip begins. You are on the road. You are saved, but that is not the end of the trip, it is the beginning.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
The adventure is on, and like our road trip, there will be stops and starts, sights that you’ve never seen before, traffic jams, detours, rain showers, brilliant sunrises and sunsets, and minute by minute choices. There will be travelers that are moving so slowly they are a hazard to those around them, and others who are moving at lightning speed!
What is your plan to keep moving this summer? Do you have a plan? Or are you anticipating a “summer detour” in your spiritual adventure? If you are one who finds it difficult to stay on track during the summer, I hope this blog will be an encouragement to you.
From now until September, my goal is to spur you on! I will be publishing only on Tuesdays, (yes, I am taking Fridays off through the summer), but I will try to write devotions that encourage you to…
“ draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings… and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:22-25(NIV)
My prayer for you is that you will persevere! My challenge to you is to persevere! Read God’s Word daily. Pray daily. And, worship with other Christians every Sunday (even on vacation!)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
Will this be the summer that you travel in the spiritual fast lane? Or will you be the cause of the traffic jam?