This is a good message that shows how life should be enjoyed and looked at
as a journey instead of a destination. We are to enjoy life as much as
possible now and not think our happiness lies in the future. I hope this
message ministers to your heart to take time now to enjoy life and relish
the moments that we normally take for granted.
Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision. We see
ourselves on a long, long trip that almost spans the continent. We're
traveling by passenger train, and out the windows we drink in the passing
scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of
cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant,
of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains
and rolling hills, of biting winter and blazing summer and cavorting
spring and docile fall.
But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a
certain hour we will pull into the station. There will be bands playing,
and flags waving. And once we get there, so many wonderful dreams will come
true. So many wishes will be fulfilled and so many pieces of our lives will
finally be neatly fitted together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How
restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering...waiting,
waiting, waiting, for the station.
However, sooner or later we must realize there is no one station, no one
place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The
station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.
“When we reach the station, that will be it!” we cry. Translated it means,
“When I'm 18, that will be it! When I buy a new 450 SL Mercedes Benz, that
will be it! When I put the last kid through college, that will be it! When
I have paid off the mortgage, that will be it! When I win a promotion, that
will be it! When I reach the age of retirement, that will be it! I shall
live happily ever after!”
Unfortunately, once we get It, then It disappears. The station somehow
hides itself at the end of an endless track.
“Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm
118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be
glad in it.” It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad. Rather, it
is regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin
thieves who would rob us of today.
So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more
mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more rivers,
watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived as we go
along. The station will come soon enough.
I encourage you to not think so far ahead. I greatly believe in planning
our future, but when we live for the future, we are in turn shortchanging
the blessings that are bestowed upon us in this present time. There's a
great quote that says, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, Today
is a gift and that is why it is called the present.” Think about the
blessings that are all around you and take time to enjoy the right now
part of your life. Don't allow yourself to only focus on things ahead,
but slow down and take time to enjoy the journey that you’re on today.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 4:13-16 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such
and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or
that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my
right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul
in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show
me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of Joy; At Your right
hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away
from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore
get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version Bible.
In Christ’s Service,