The family vacation.  I love getting time away with my family.  It’s rare, so I appreciate when we get it.  There are always two things that bug me though about the family vacation.  First, as the CFO of the household, I always worry about how much we spend, but I do enjoy our family time.  Second, I also dread the drive.  Our kids, like we before them, are bound to ask those dreaded questions about a 1/2 hour into the trip.  “Are we there yet?”, and “How much longer?”.

In the journey of life, we are never quite there are we?  Reaching the mid-point in life expectancy, I realize that I’m clearly not there and have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to being a disciple.  The Lord continues to show me grace.

We may take a break as needed, the rest stops along the way, but then it’s back on the road.  The journey continues.  I’ve enjoyed the good times, and learned from mistakes.  I can’t wait to see what the second half of this journey entails should I be blessed to live long enough to see it.

I think that’s what Paul was talking about when he penned these words,Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me.  The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  – Philippians 3:13-14 (CEB)

Where are you in your journey of life and faith?

What does it look like for you to “reach out for the things ahead of you, pursuing the upward call in Christ Jesus?”

Prayer:  Lord, I’m not there yet.  Yet, you have always loved me, and in spite of the mistakes I’ve made along the way, you still call me forward with you and to you.  Thank you for believing in me.  Amen.