Every Journey Matters

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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I was recently on holiday in London, England, and as I was standing in Paddington Station, I noticed a poster for Transport for London, the city's transit service. Their slogan is "Every Journey Matters". Immediately, I was struck by the ways in which that slogan can be read in a Christian context.

My first reaction was about the word "every". Every person's journey matters to God, even that of the outcast, like Zacchaeus, the short, hated, wealthy tax collector whom Jesus welcomed. Many people, like Zacchaeus, feel small, left out, and unimportant, but their life journey is important to God on a daily basis.

As I thought more about the phrase "Every Journey Matters", it occurred to me that within each of our lives, there are multiple journeys. Certainly, there is our faith journey that we often talk about. There is also an occupational or career journey that takes us through our working life. There are multiple relationship journeys that many of us are on with our spouse or partner, and with family members and friends. There might also be an academic or intellectual journey as we read and study throughout our life. What about all of those journeys?

As I was standing in that train station (and really, what better setting for a conversation with God about a journey?) I believe that the message for me was that we must bring all these journeys — our whole selves — to God.

Luke 10:27a – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. (NIV)

We mustn't separate our faith life from the rest of our life. It's easy to think of our faith life as something that happens at church, and that the rest of our life happens elsewhere. But think about that: if we don't commit our work journey to God, our relationship journeys to God, our intellectual journey to God, are we really loving God in the way that Jesus commanded us?

Take some time today to think about all the journeys that you are on. Are you journeying with God?

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for loving us so completely: for loving us at work and at play, at home and at church, and everywhere in between. Please help us to love You completely in return — to love You with our whole selves. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Scott Williams <svw59@outlook.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Right on target Scott.

    Travel life journey with God.

    Well said! Good thought to ponder. Thanks.

    Thank you, Scott, for writing such a meaningful challenge.

    Scott, thanks for sharing this interesting and instructive devotional with us. Blessings.

    Very well said, Scott.

    Thank you for showing us that all your journeys matter. It helps me to see also how these journeys are connected: in our love for the Lord and our service to Him.

    Thanks for your thoughts on life’s journeys. Makes me smile to think TFL’s [Transport for London] slogan got you thinking! I should be more observant in future.

    Good one Scott. What an excellent thought/question to begin a new day.
    Glad you enjoyed London too.

    Loved your devotion this morning. Thank you!! Excellent reminder for me and very timely!!
    May God continue to bless you as you share His love with others through your writing.

    Dear Scott Williams,
    Thanks for a very helpful devotional: Every Journey Matters.
    You emphasized EVERY, then JOURNEY, then I was looking for MATTERS.
    Yet, in essence you did emphasize Matters.
    Thank you. Keep writing.

    I want to thank you, Scott for your inspiring devotional. It lifted my spirits and I enjoyed your comparisons to my life. I hope you had a wonderful time in London journeying around all the wonderful historical places.
    I hope to find more of your devotionals in the near future.
    Thank you,

    Thank you so much for your reminder of what paths I chose along my life’s journey. I talk about this a lot to friends, family FB people in my writing. My health journey has taken up a great deal of time, energy and prayers over the last twenty yrs. but it pales in comparison to the journey I now find myself on with my mother and dementia that is slowly stealing her away. This is a journey that I have no control over and must leave it in God’s hands…your devotional reminded me of that. I have been carrying it myself instead of lifting it to God and leaving it with Him. I have made a difficult path along my journey even more difficult by not letting go and letting God. Thanks again.

    Hi Scott, thanks for the challenge to take time out and seriously consider the relative importance of the various journeys we are on in our lives. Nothing is ever static so we must be continually aware of where we are in our journey and where God is leading us.
    Thanks again.

    Very well put I enjoyed it very much.

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