Give Me That Mountain

Enjoying the Journey

A Change of Mind. Day twelve...

A few years ago Sherrel and I were invited to a Christmas party at a home located in a subdivision south of Joplin that is nothing but a bunch of winding streets. The host knew how difficult it would be for us to find his home so he gave us a detailed set of instructions.

When we entered the subdivision Sherrel began to read off the directions, step‐by‐step. After driving around in the dark for what should have been enough time to get to where we were going I decided to stop the car and take a look at the directions myself. We were obviously lost, and I needed to figure out where we had gone wrong.

driving directions

In going through the list I noticed a couple of steps that I didn't remember taking. When I asked Sherrel about them she replied, “Oh, I didn't think those mattered.”

Skipping steps is usually no laughing matter, though.

Leaving out some of the steps in a company procedure can get you fired. Leaving out some of the steps of the weekend car repair can get you stranded. Leaving out some of the steps in the farm equipment safety manual can get you dead.

Here in the United States, however, we have entire industries built on skipping as many steps as is possible in getting to the destination. We are consumed with avoiding as much of the process as is possible to get to where we want to go:

  • We want to get thin without going through the process.
  • We want to get rich without going through the process.
  • We want to get healthy without going through the process.
  • We want to become successful without going through the process.

And people motivated by profit and/or power stand in line to help us get to where we want to go—even though they may only be a couple of steps ahead of us, and even though they may not have a clue as to the final steps necessary for success.

But maybe the process is more important than we think it is.

Maybe the process is just as important as the destination. Maybe the process is more important than the destination. Maybe it's through the process that we are changed. Maybe what happens during the process has more to do with our success than reaching our goals has to do with our success.

Because we didn't know the area, Sherrel and I drove around in the dark trying to get to where we wanted to go with somebody else's directions. We weren't enjoying the trip. We just wanted to get to our destination.

Isn't this the way we practically live much of our lives? Isn't this the way we think? We're focused on where we want to go: We need money, we need better health, we need to stop fighting, we need to quit being depressed, we need some purpose …. So we look for directions from somebody, somewhere—even though they may not be able to see but just a little ways ahead of us.

The last thing on our mind is enjoying the trip.

We just want to get the trip over with as quickly as possible. But maybe we need to look at Who wants to accompany us on our trip.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1‐3 NKJV)

Consider what it means that all things were made through Jesus, and that nothing was made without Him. Shouldn't He know quite a bit about money, health, relationships, mental health, purpose, and every other subject on the face of the earth? Shouldn't He know every single step in every set of directions toward every possible destination?

What if the subdivision's developer and primary builder had been invited to that party?

Wouldn't he have been so intimately involved in the process of building the subdivision that he knew just about every detail? If the host had called him and said, “Would you like to come over for a Christmas party? I live in the two‐story house with the red brick and the three columns that you built by the pond,” couldn't he have replied with, “I'll be there. I know that house very well.”

Sherrel and I needed directions to find a place we'd never been to before. But the developer would have only needed a very basic description to know how to get there.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)

Jesus is the developer and the primary builder of your life.

Think of the phrase “Christ living in me” as Jesus getting into your car with you. If you let Him into your car, you will no longer need any driving directions from somebody else. You will no longer have the risk of incomplete or inadequate directions.

If Jesus is right there with you, He will always get you exactly where you need to be. No problem!

P.S. And with Jesus in the car, the trip is just as fun as the destination.

Have a good weekend,
Mike

Image credit: Sarah Barker

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