TRAVELING BRINGS PURPOSE
This is the underlying motto of the series we are currently going through here at KAT's blog! We all know traveling brings butterflies of excitement and what seems to be an escape from our realities. But what if it wasn’t just that. What if you discover it plays a role in who you are - humanly and spiritually?! What if I told you that traveling brings about a new perspective of purpose in your life each and every time you embark on a new journey? Sounds enlightening right?! Maybe even challenging - I hope. If you are up for the adventure, let’s analyze our third quote.
Matt. 7:13-14 // “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
You’re walking through the woods, and you come to a fork. Which way do you go? Do you take the route that is clearly marked, portrays a heavy flow of traffic, and seems easier? Or…do you take the narrow trail which seems hard to navigate, rarely traveled, and with what appears to have numerous obstacles? Or…does it make a difference?
In the book of Matthew, the choice made an astronomical difference. Destruction verses life. I would say that is a steep price to consider. A choice all hanging from a simple right or left turn.
When those of us who consider ourselves wanderlust travelers decide on a new place to explore, which path do we like to take? Are you a tourism traveler? Or a locals-lead-the-way traveler? Do you simply want the facts? Or do you immerse yourself in the foreign culture? Because it does, indeed, make a difference. I’m a World Race alumni, meaning, I traveled to 11 countries in 11 months and lived, breathed, ate, slept, etc on the same level as a local. No high class hotels. No American basics. For 11 months, I did it the local way 11 different times. I have also traveled outside of that trip for my own thrill of seeing new places. I’ve been the tourist with the map and stayed in overpriced hotspot destinations. Let me tell you - the path you choose makes a difference.
In our christian walks, the same principle applies. Traveling brings purpose. And the road you choose to travel brings destruction or life. Don’t misunderstand that word "destruction." It’s not confined to a loss of a loved one, job, or scholarship. It’s not confined to a divorce, suicide, or abuse. Destruction can be a wonderful job at the wrong time or in the wrong place. Destruction can be a relationship with a person who is perfect outside the fact he or she is not a believer. Destruction can be and is anything opposing the will of God the Father. In the same sense, don’t misunderstand the word “life.” This doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory. No hurts. No pains. No heartaches. That word would be utopia. Life is simply traveling through the bumps and bruises making it through to the other side stronger, smarter, and more thankful.
The path you choose makes all the difference. Choose wisely.