Wednesday, October 21, 2009

life is a journey

Recently I was reminded of how life is a journey, through hearing and then reading Ed Dobson concerning his one year of living as literally as he could, like Jesus. I look at my life and I think certain things are either missing in action, or are weak. I then tend to want to withdraw and bow out, really thinking what I have to share is secondary, or at least not as full as it needs to be. And in that assessment, I am surely correct.

But then I am reminded again that our lives are a journey. We are becoming, and we are to be following Jesus in this becoming. Jesus told his disciples to follow him and he would make them, fishermen as they were, to fish for people. I too want to be used by God to help the lost, the least and the last (as I just read recently somewhere). I want to get my hands dirty working in the Lord's vineyard. Since I work around Christians in my job, I don't have much contact with those who may not be believers. I'm inclinded to try to take advantage of that when I can, trying to strike up some fellowship with them.

We are on a journey in Jesus. We can't write off where we are if we're truly seeking to follow Jesus. We are weak and often failing, but we continue on. We know this is beyond us, but given to us in Jesus. We also know that if it's in our hearts to do what is good (like David, who wanted to build the Temple but was forbidden, yet made the plan from God and gathered materials for that work) and right, God values that, and likely we'll have our place and part in the work.

What might you like to share about this?

Tomorrow we are in chapter 3, "Stringing Pearls" in Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith, by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg.

6 comments:

preacherman said...

Life is definately a journey. It has been a journey of ups and downs. Mountains and valleys. Deserts of depressions and oceans of grace and love. It is an adventure to say the least. Thanks for this post Ted. God bless and have a great day!

Allan R. Bevere said...

Ted,

Thanks! I love the notion of journey. One of my favorite passages of Scirpture is at the end of Deuteronomy where Moses and God are together before his death. Moses is told he will die and not see the Promised Land. But I have this image of God and Moses talking as two old friends reminiscing over all they had been through together.

That is what I want from my life. At the end of my earthly days I want to talk with God as an old friend who traveled with me on the journey. And I hope that he will say to me, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

nAncY said...

i guess what we think we have to share might not be what it appears to be. what i am getting at is we do not really know what takes place in the hearts of others around us, so no one ever truly knows except God what is being done through us.

yet, i wonder. there may be things that you can do in your journey that are close to your heart. maybe you can think about taking some time to go on a mission of some kind, or to be of service, for awhile, in a different way than you have been.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Kinney,
Yes. That does remind me of Psalm 23. And of the Bible. And of real life. Thanks.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Allan,
Amen to that! We need that close intimacy and fellowship with God if we're to be like Moses and like Jesus.

Thanks.

Ted M. Gossard said...

nAncY,
Thanks. Yes, I'm sure there might be some opportunities for that. I do think there's more right around me somehow. But the bottom line for me is that I believe I am growing in this regard. Just nothing to the forefront as what I'd like to do, because I am more into books. But Lord willing I think that may change.