Part of a journey is the anticipation of what it will feel like when you arrive. A year and a half ago my wife had a trade show in Denver. We decided to take some vacation time while in Colorado so we drove from Kansas City to Breckenridge and spent a few days there. Neither of us had ever been to Breckenridge so we were excited and believe me, we were not disappointed. What did it feel like to arrive? It was exhilarating and it was inspiring. From there we drove to Pike’s Peak, the Garden of the Gods, and went through the chapel at the Air Force Academy. It was exciting and well worth the journey.
Our church is on a journey – a journey to accomplish the vision that God has set before us. We believe that we will glorify God by “fostering new and growing relationships with God and others through worship, learning, service and witness.” Now while I can describe to you the plan, what I want you to gain a sense of is the feeling associated with participating; with going on this journey.
The packing – every journey begins with preparation. We dread it while we also get anxious. We pack suitcases, duffel bags, trash bags, coolers, and if you are driving, the car. Packing is never easy but it is necessary. As a church – we’ve done our “packing.”
The route – most journeys begin with a destination in mind. You have an idea of where you want to end up and so you get out the road map or the GPS and you find your destination. Then you drive the route to get you there. As a church we know where we are headed and our strategic plan is the road map to get us there.
The anticipation – I think this is the best part! The excitement of making the journey. Taking in the new sights along the way, stopping at places you’ve never been before, meeting people you don’t know. Or if it is a trip to a familiar place with familiar friends there is often excitement about the reunion and the new memories that you will make together.
That is the great part about giving yourself to God’s vision:
– the feeling that you are a part of something greater than yourself
– no one wants to be left out of the excitement – we all want to be a part of the fun!
– we search for meaning in our lives and the work of God can fill that void
– and being a blessing to someone else can penetrate even the hardest of hearts.
Our vision isn’t going to be easy to accomplish; actually it is going to take some blood, sweat, tears, and prayers. But honestly, I can’t think of any other journey I would rather make than the one God is inviting us to.
If you are looking for meaning in your life, if you want to make a difference for the cause of Jesus Christ, if you have a craving that only God can fill, why not come and join us? Because when we arrive at God’s destination, it will be the culmination of all that we have felt along the way – hope, joy, peace, and God’s love!