On the second Thursday of most months, I am privileged to share a few hours with a group of senior citizens in the Littleton area. Our times together focus on relationships – in particular our relationship UP with God.
A few weeks ago, I asked the group to share a few of the phrases they tend to repeat often. After a number of phrases were on the table, I shared that I find myself using more and more the phrase “Celebrating the Journey”.
We talked about the significance of the words we say and the meanings that can be attached to common phrases. As an example, I invited the folks to unpack what could be understood and interpreted from the phrase “Celebrating the Journey”. As they shared, I wrote the following phrases on a whiteboard:
- We are all on a journey
- We are in process
- Life is Good – no matter what
- Choose Joy
- Enjoy the Ride
- It is about the journey more than the destination
- God is with me / God is near
The phrase ’Celebrating the Journey’ is reflective not only of my recent thoughts, but in fact of much of my life journey - a journey of faith. For much of my life, in particular during my 20 something years, I tended to be a bit of a worrier. No, more honestly – I tended to be a world-class worrier. While I think I had inherited some of this from my family of origin, I think I had taken it to a world-class level.
During these years while participating in a Navigators study I committed to memory Proverbs 3:5-6. Little did I know that this would become one of my life verses:
Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your path.
Years later, during another particularly challenging season – I committed another verse of scripture to memory. I recall reading that this verse could be considered as a bit of a spiritual prescription. I now think of it as a prescri
ption prescribed by the great physician to be “taken as needed”. Literally for decades, I have been reciting to myself Philippians 4:4-7:
Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say REJOICE! Let your gentleness be known to everyone – the Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in all things by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God, and the Peace of GOD that passes all understanding will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. (emphasis mine)
Now, many years later, while the journey hasn't always been easy – I find that these verses and my journey have taught me are teaching me and shaping my character to look bigger, deeper, and to Celebrate the Journey while taking steps forward in faith. Faithful steps, remembering that we never walk alone, but walk in the power and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Celebrating the Journey!
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