As you have, no doubt, noticed, I end all my blog posts with "enjoy the journey". This is important to me as a believer and I believe it should be important to other believers, as well.
Once we receive Jesus as our Savior, heaven is our eternal destination. It's the place Jesus has prepared for us (John 14:1-3). It's the place where the streets are made of gold, the gates of peril. It's a place where there will be no sin, sorrow or death. It's a place where there will be no more pain. It's a place where God, Himself, will wipe every tear from our eyes! Read Revelation chapter 21 in the Bible to see what heaven will be like. We truly have something to look forward to.
While our eye is on our eternal destination, there's the journey we must make in order to reach our destination. Too often we find ourselves enduring the journey instead of enjoying it. I can't help but believe with all that awaits us at our destination, God would have us enjoy the journey along the way. Enjoy the blessings along the way. Christians ought to be the happiest, most joyful people in the world! Too often we walk around like we've been sucking on lemons all day. We have a sour look on our face and even a sour disposition, at times.
It's easy to spot those who are enduring the journey. They are the ones who, in addition to having the sour look and disposition, whine and complain about nearly everything along the way. They will complain about their lives, what they don't have, the things they are missing out on, other believers, etc. They will whine about the sacrifices they make in following Jesus, about how others are far more blessed then they are, among other things.
Jesus stated in John 10:10, ",,,I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Doesn't this indicate that it is His intent that we not only have life, but that the life we have is an abundant life - a blessed life? This would be a joyful life.
So while we are on our journey to our eternal destination let's enjoy the journey along the way. Let's look for the blessings and cultivate the blessings God gives us. Does this mean there will be no bumps on the road? Not at all. Rest assured, there will be difficult times we will encounter. But Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to endwell us. He will lead, guide, comfort and empower us for the journey! What more could we possibly need?
Be encouraged! Be joyful! Cultivate the blessings God has for you. And enjoy the journey! It's a great one.
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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