|The joy is in the journey.|
When I turned 30 my dear friend gave me a birthday card. On the front was a older man, balding, and wearing suspenders. He was in the act of pushing a car that had evidently run out of gas. The road in front of him seemed to stretch infinitely into the distance. On the roadside was a sign that read “Next gas 210 miles.” The inside of the card said, “The joy is in the journey”
At times the road seems long--long and hard with no end in sight. We might feel we are unequal to the task. We may feel burdened by the miles ahead. But what if we could focus our efforts on being happy now-- despite whatever the the road we travel brings--and take joy in the journey? If we get to where we are going but find at the end that we have become bitter, resentful, angry, discouraged, faithless, then where is the joy? I often struggle along, unhappy and just wanting life to be easier and missing the beautiful scenery and breath-taking vistas along the way. I don't want to do that anymore.
I have a favorite quote that says, "The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead." So that's what I'm going to try to do. Enjoy life. For the next thirty-one days I'm going to share my joyful journey with you. I'll share what I'm learning some days and what has brought me joy on other days. I already know that it isn't going to be easy. There will be pot holes, uphill pushes and flat tires on the trip, but I hope when I reach the end, I will be not only happier, but wiser, more humble, more grateful, more gracious and closer to being the woman that God wants me to be.
Do you want to come along? The journey of a thousand miles (or 210 miles) begins with a single step.
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