The age old question, Which is more important, the destination or the journey?

You would think I would be getting used to this supernatural stuff that seems to happen when you are working on a relationship with God. However, it still amazes me how God puts exactly the right things in your path at exactly the right time.
Thanks to the tenacity of Ray Mapel and his daily postings (that I count on), today was just such a day. God threw this little gem of a quote my way.
“Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because its stormy now does not mean that you are not headed for sunshine.”

I can equate this with riding my motorcycle. There are many, many times I have taken motorcycle trips to destinations that were long anticipated and we were very excited to arrive. There were just as many times that before we arrived at the destination that we sat on corners with all available maps and GPS’s on deck and the guys were shrugging their shoulders saying, well I don’t know how we missed it (meaning the right turn, the right highway, the right town or even the right state.

Which is more important, the journey or the destination? It can be a catch 22 sort of situation.

We cannot let ourselves get so focused on the destination that we forget the journey, not only forget the journey but forget the fact that God sent us on that journey and He knows full well the detours and potholes we will encounter. Even though we might not be aware of it, He also knows the lessons the journey will teach us.

The destination should not be the final state of being either, don’t misjudge the destination, it is probably wise to remember that the destination we have in mind may not be the same destination God has in mind for us. Also good to remember that all the whining, stomping of feet or pouting probably won’t change the outcome.

Maybe the only destination should be to find complete and total freedom and truth in our Father God.

Sometimes the journey can feel like a bit of a secret mission, because if we are not dodging potholes, changing flat tires or waiting on the side of the road with a gas can, we are encountering storms in epic proportions. You get soggy, cold, frustrated, downright depressed, and your enthusiasm is running mighty thin. You are sitting in the storm thinking the sun is never going to be stronger than the clouds.

However, God in His infinite wisdom knows that the only journey that counts is the journey within. God knows, but we have yet to figure out, that destinations are indeed important, because they create the possibility (or need) for the journey.

The storms we walk through simply make us much more appreciative of the sunshine we will inevitable reach.
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To change the way we act in the workplace is hard. It doesn’t matter if you are the boss like I am or an employee, before God we all have certain responsibilities in the workplace.

It is pretty easy to get sucked up in the drama at work and forget a couple pretty important facts. #1 We are to “work enthusiastically and whole heartedly as if we are serving Christ, not men” and #2 we need to ask (not demand) for help.

I will say it again, to change the way we act in the workplace is hard. Ephesians 6:7 says to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” I try my very best to be fair and honest and a boss they can trust but where that gets a little prickly for me and hard to do at times, I’ll admit it, is treating all staff with the same respect and dignity.  no matter their attitude or how they are treating me or others. I am still held to a certain standard. We are after all, “one in Christ” Galatians 3:28.

I am certainly there for the families we serve, I love the people they are and the people they become through our program, but the bottom line is I am serving God, first and foremost, in my work, and at my workplace.

There is one answer to this. Being on my knees (in prayer) enables me to stand. For I know and I hold it dear  the fact that God indeed does work , in all things, for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8:28. I wrap this around me like a warm, comforting blanket and rest in that knowledge, safe and secure.

Like David, I ask you God, for your guidance. I ask you to “show me your ways, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and always, always help me remember that my hope, the only real and true hope, is in  you.

Dottie

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To change the way we act in the workplace is hard………………