We pack all of the things we need for a trip: clothes, shoes, accessories, tickets, gadgets and their chargers. We spend lots of money or find the greatest bargains on flights, hotels, and cruises. Yet many of the things we need to take, we do not.
I know that I am guilty of it. Many times I take a trip to relax and do everything but relax. And do I come back rejuvenated? No, I usually need a vacation from my vacation. I come home worn out because I have crammed so many things into the time period.
This journey has taught me that there are some things I need to include along the way. I have learned that rest, balance, peace and patience help me rejuvenate. Having these items make the journey less of a chore and more of an adventure.
I have learned not to treat a journey like a 50-yard dash, but more like a marathon. This means I need to bring things that will give me staying power. The things I have shared with you this month are those things. Remember to tuck them in your suitcase for your trip.
Sometimes the most important things we take on a journey are the things packed in our minds. The stories in our heads can feel like all there is. So we need to make sure our minds are filled with good stuff that will aid us in the journey. Our thoughts. Our hopes. Our dreams.
As God teaches me His truths and how to live, I find that I try them on like clothes. Some fit like skinny jeans good and snug, while others like a loose wide sleeved blouse that flows with the wind. Rest has become an old friend who I see every now and then, while Peace has been a constant companion.
Balance is my nemesis. When I would really like to focus on that one thing, balance reminds me otherwise. I can’t work on projects all the time. I can’t hang out with family all the time. Why do I have to choose? Sometimes it is about finding balance between the things you love.
I am also reminded that it is really about the dance. Dances don’t last forever. They have clear beginnings, middles, and ends. Just like us. We have to recognize where we are in the process.
With a healthy dose of “I can conquer the world” comes our doubts. Our fears. Our shortcomings. It keeps me balanced. It keeps my head in the game. It reminds me where I am at in the journey.