Encouragement for the Journey 19 / 6 / 16

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Encouragement for the Journey 19 / 6 / 16

Encouragement for the Journey


Greetings fellow traveller,

This week I offer you the second of my three favourite words:


I readily admit this word in some quarters has become just a cliché, offered in conversations to describe anything that is in process with the outcome uncertain. This is summed up in the following quote:

The principle being offered here, is to focus on what is, namely to be mindful of the present moment, i.e. the journey of life is then lived moment by moment.   When the focus is upon the destination, there is a tendency to not see, hear, or feel what is present, there is always that desire to be elsewhere, anywhere, rather than being present, with what is. Modern humans are having increasing difficulty in being present with reality.

The story is told of a tourist who with his wife arrived at the wonderful Niagara Falls. Upon arriving, he took a couple of photos, and then turned to his wife and said, ‘lets go, we have seen it.’ He could have been there no more than five minutes. Here was a man driven by the destination, to be somewhere else, other than where he now finds himself. When we take this approach we can easily miss so much of what is in and around us. When we just focus on the destination, we rarely see our fellow human travellers, who are present, but not seen. We may choose to be destination focused, or slowdown, change and become a traveller and enjoy the journey.

During the last six and half years, at times we have experienced ‘creative chaos,’ but we have enjoyed the journey, and for that I will be eternally thankful. Thank you for travelling with me, in and with Christ, it has been a wonder – filled journey.

Meanwhile peace and joy on the journey.