TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
A MORE JOYFUL JOURNEYJohn 10:10
Sometimes when we get what we’ve been chasing after, we find it’s not half as good as we imagined. That’s because the fun is in the chase, or, ‘the journey is more important than the destination’. Scientist Koichi Tanaka had this feeling as he worked on trying to create an ion with lasers: ‘I failed for weeks and months before I succeeded in making an ion. Why did I continue the experiment? Because I enjoyed it. It was fun for me to come to know something that I had never known before, and that fun enabled me to persist.’ That persistence helped him to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
You have the potential to make many wonderful discoveries in life, and none greater than what you discover about God, so instead of beating yourself up because you’re not Mother Teresa yet, try to enjoy God in the day-to-day, here and now.
In Revelation 3:8, God tells us, ‘I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close’ (NLT). Just as Jesus has once and for all opened the door for your connection with God, He will also open doors that are specific for you, to lead you into paths that are good for you. When you see one of these doors opening from God, jump through it! There’s no guarantee it will be a journey free of struggles and opposition but, like the scientist, take it slow, notice what God is doing, and there will be joy in the journey.
Pastor Mark Buchanan once said his greatest regret in life was ‘Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me.’ Don’t let life pass you by. Take time to notice the goodness of God each day, and take it slow.