It was first called “the Way.” Followers of Jesus Christ were to be travelers on a faith journey; sojourners on a long hike. But today, many of us live as if it was called “the Stay.” We’ve become permanent residents of steepled fortresses filled with cushy pews and hard heads.
This faith journey implies we are moving forward toward a certain destination, but we haven’t arrived there yet. Unfortunately, many of us act as if we have already arrived. We have all the answers. We have unpacked our bags and settled in. The only problem is, if you really think you’ve arrived, that means you’re dead.
Some of us have focused exclusively on our destination. We have become spiritual ladder climbers, stepping over dead bodies on our ascent to the Welcome party. “This world is not my home, I’m only passing through,” so there’s no need to be distracted by the beggar or the child who lost her way. No need to pick up the litter. What’s the point, anyway? Besides, it might delay our arrival.
Some of us have pitched our tent at the edge of the Grand Canyon, but are so busy reading a book about the Grand Canyon inside the tent; we have missed out on the real thing.
Some of us are still at the trail head studying the map.
Some of us are arguing about which version of the map is correct.
Some of us are so angry we’ve decided to blaze a new trail to our final destination.
Some of us are arguing over who gets to even go on this faith journey.
Some tour guides have quit because their groups argued the entire way. Others were fired because they were walking too fast, or too slow, or with an annoying limp.
Some of us can’t seem to get along with many of our fellow travelers, so we’ve become lone rangers.
The point I’m trying to make is, if it’s not obvious enough for you, all of us are on a faith journey and our final destination will not be fully revealed until we pass from this life into the next. So wouldn’t it be better to focus on the journey more than the destination? Wouldn’t it be better to enjoy the trip? Wouldn’t it be better to be encouragers to our fellow travelers instead of acting like children fighting in the backseat of the car?