Let’s imagine beginning a 550-mile road trip across several states.
We made our plans, and the GPS is satellite ready and on-point. The excursion is estimated to take 12 hours. The car is packed and gassed. The drinks, waters, and snacks are in the cooler. We anticipate safe travels and smooth sailing.
We are excited to be on a road trip.
Life is a journey
The Christian life is also a journey. Both a 550-mile trip and your spiritual journey requires a few stops along the way. Most drivers hate to stop. But, there are both legitimate and illegitimate reasons to stop.
Road trips require stops along the way.
Other drivers make the best of it and are OK with an occasional stop. Every road trip has challenges: slow traffic, road construction, bad drivers, and unscheduled stops. Some stops are necessary, and other stops are for convenience — stretching our legs or taking a break from the highway.
Throw out the trash
No one enjoys trash in the car. Road trips demand that we eat on the run. So, we choose the drive-through, grab our food, and keep rolling.
But at some point, we have to throw out the trash.
Making a stop just to throw the trash out is another delay. Who likes making that stop? Not many. But removing the trash is necessary. This applies even more to our spiritual life? We must remove the garbage.
This includes all types of garbage — garbage thinking and garbage words.
Lao Tzu said, “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
Lao is right. We must remove the garbage thoughts from our minds.
Refuel the car
Road trips also require stops for supplies and fuel. Fueling the car prepares for a few hundred miles of continued travel. The car cannot run without the proper fuel. And neither can a believer. Christians must also find the right fuel for their soul. Many find fuel at church during the Sunday morning worship. But that is not enough.
Refueling our spirit prepares us for the next portion of our spiritual journey. A few refuel tools include worship, personal prayer, Bible reading, fellowship with Christian friends, and listening to great podcasts or live streams.
Our road trips include hurry, get there, don’t stop, and keep rolling. And most of our spiritual walk is similar. We rush, hurry, worry and even crash.
God says things like rest, abide, remain, wait upon the Lord, be still, cast your cares.
Scheduled stops work to our advantage.
Remember to throw out the trash and stop for fuel.
You’ll be better for it.
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