I began this article yesterday, so if you're just hopping in, scroll down or use this link to read Part 1.
You know that little "x" that says "you are here" on the directional map at the mall? It's the "x" that identifies where you're standing at the moment, so you can navigate your way to a destination - whether it be your car or favorite store. t's true at the mall and it's true in life.
Everyone has an “x” that defines where he or she is.
nd we all arrived there through a journey. Maybe the journey seemed somehow unintentional or perhaps it was methodically plotted. Either way, a series of many steps has landed us where we are.
It’s amazing that the scriptures are so filled with themes of journey and story, and yet we often fail to see the value of journey in someone else’s life. It’s easy to expect that once people have heard the truth, the only thing left to do is to obey. After all, Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). So they think, “You want to be free, you want to live life to the full? Then hear the truth and obey. Period.”
But it’s seldom that simple.
Again, everyone has an “x” that defines where he or she is.
It’s not profound. IF you’d made a different decision last year, and practiced a different habit the past five, and planned differently before that, you’d be somewhere different in your life.
But you didn’t. And you’re not.
Here’s the problem. We expect everyone else to be where we are now. We look at others – people on their life journey (which is always spiritual) – and compare where they are to where we are.
Of course there are two distinctive problems with this comparison.
First, when we expect people to be where we are, we arrogantly suggest that we are where we’re “supposed” to be. Like we’ve arrived. We’re the standard that used to be occupied by Jesus; but we’ve replaced him. Hardly.
Second, when we expect everyone to be where we are, we assume we have the right to journey and others do not.
Consider your own life:
- Have you always been mature in your faith?
- What step have you taken recently that you know now should have been taken weeks, months or even years ago?
- How long has it taken you to get where you are today?
I'll wrap up these thoughts tomorrow with Part 3.