I have the heart of a wanderer. I find pleasure in discovering the unseen. The tires of my soul have covered many a mile.
I’ve always been a restless individual. From the moment I began to speak I made sure that I knew where we were going, when, and how we would get there. Staying at home was cool but I wanted to be exploring.
The highway became my best friend. It was the precursor to adventure; the predecessor to excitement.
As I grew older, my desire to venture grew all the more. My family and I spent two years driving the nation, speaking at churches, and preparing to go to a different country. In that time, I saw twenty-four states and two countries.
I traveled to South Korea for a month to teach English through missionary work.
I’ve been working in a job that requires me to canvas individual states, cities, and towns in an effort to increase our University’s enrollment. In the time that I have been doing this job, I have traveled as far west as St. Louis, as far north as Pennsylvania, and as far south as Fort Lauderdale.
As a single twenty-something, the world is my playground. I can come and go; see and be seen.
Ironically, as much as I love experiencing new places, I hate the process of getting there.
Yes, I hate driving.
I try to stay distracted through music, prayer, phone calls, or audio sermons, but there are points in time when I wish I could just…be there.
While I’m cruising, I often hear the song “Life is a highway” by Rascal Flatts and I flat out jam. It’s catchy.
“Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you’re going my way
I wanna drive it all night long”
Even now I’m bouncing up and down with the tune playing in my mind. Whether you enjoy the song or not, there’s a line that speaks to the point I’m getting at.
“Life’s like a road that you travel on
When there’s one day here and the next day gone.”
I don’t know about you, but those lyrics produce a deep thought process.
Life is an equivalent of the roads and highways that we travel; We can only take it mile by mile.
In the moments where I am anxious to arrive at my destination, the reality of the situation becomes ever present. There is no rushing the process. You can’t skip certain aspects of the journey because you don’t feel like dealing with them. You have to face it mile by mile.
The same reality exists in our actual lives. We are on a journey that leads to an ultimate destination: Death. If you’re religious, like me, you believe there is life afterward. Regardless, we are all heading somewhere.
Some of us relish each moment. Others wish for the next big moment to satisfy them. We have wishes, dreams, and ideals. Some of us are desperate for clarity. We want to heal. We want forgiveness. We want hope. We want answers.
With all of this “wanting”, we live in a state of the “not yet.” It is a reality that says your present cannot offer you what the future does. It is a mindset that offers you a perfect ideal without ever delivering on its promise.
The reason that it cannot deliver on its word is because there is nothing that you or I can do to skip the process. Healing takes time. Forgiveness takes time. Answers don’t always come as quickly as you’d like. Hope is a lifestyle that requires a daily commitment.
Life takes time.
You and I have to go about our lives mile by mile, minute by minute. If we don’t, we become miserable. We also risk missing out on the most important aspects of life: the little things.
Living in the fast lane breeds discontentment. Living for the next moment makes us forget that we have only been given today.
And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” James 4: 13-15
The only foundation you and I can stand on is the moment that we have been given. You can’t rush it.
Stop beating yourself up for not measuring up. Who’s standard are you operating by? Change is not an overnight process. Be patient and forgiving. Jesus is.
Quit searching for financial security. You’ll waste your life looking for wealth to satisfy you when all that you need is love and faith. Be content with what you have.
Don’t look for the next big moment or event to make you happy. You’ll come to the end of your life wishing you would have slowed down.
All that you and I can commit to is today. You can’t commit to tomorrow because you’re not even guaranteed to make it out of today. Truly live your life as if today were your last. Cliché? Yeah, but it’s applicable.
You can only take this life mile by mile. Travel your road, enjoy the scenery, and don’t be afraid to take an unexpected detour. You never know what kind of beauty you will find.
You are loved.
You are valued.
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