High Ground

Paths to Hope, #2

#2HighGround_Image by O12 from PixabayIt’s hard to walk one direction while looking another—just try striding ahead while looking behind you or walking a straight line while gazing to the right. It’s natural for our feet to follow our eyes, physically and in our journey through life. This is why it’s really important to focus on the direction in which we want to move.

Left on our own, life on earth can be low-level walking. There are lots of attractions (and distractions) that pull our focus from our path. Paul calls us to a higher walk when he says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Col. 3:2). In essence he’s saying, “Look where you want to live,” or “Focus on where you want to go.”

Don’t let life’s sorrows━or joys━become your focus with downcast eyes. The H of H.O.P.E. tells us, “Hold your eyes higher.” Walk the high ground, where the view is clear, faith is fed, and hope is found.

Next week we’ll test the O Path to Hope.

Image by O12 from Pixabay

Traveling: What’s in YOUR suitcase?

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No, I’m not referring to a Capital One credit card (What’s in your wallet?) or American Express (Don’t leave home without it). I’m asking, what are the critical items you pack for a trip?

Several years ago our family was spending a weekend down the shore. Rich and I had one night alone before everyone else arrived, therefore our son David rode with his brother, Shane, and sister-in-law, Amy. As they sped down the parkway, Amy asked David if he brought a CD to play. Immediately he produced a paper grocery bag half-filled with CDs, all without cases—he had enough listening hours for a cross-country trip. Forget the favorite hoodie, bathing suit, comfy pillow—he packed what was most important to him. And we do the same.

We don’t want to be weighed down with excess luggage or pay to check a suitcase, so we pack what’s important to us. We think it through, plan carefully, and eliminate what is unnecessary.

Whether traveling down the shore or along life’s shores, we make choices that will eliminate the frivolous and include the necessary. I want to be as diligent in my life journey as I am in my local travels. I don’t know about you, but my luggage is heavy with things that are good, but they’ve displaced those that are best. I want to disencumber myself, live simpler, clear my mind, eliminate distractions, and live focused.

What can we eliminate to make our Christian walk more joyful, more effective? What is needful to simplify our journey and clarify our purpose?

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1,2)

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