Before Dave and I set off for our mammoth 1200 mile cycle challenge around the UK, we promised each other that the most important aspect of the cycle was to enjoy the journey and not to focus on the destination. Even though it was a tough daily challenge, it was important for us to enjoy and make the most of our journey. This was our daily encouragement before we set off every morning.
Focus on the journey not the destination
Do we have the same focus with our Christian walk. Are we so busy trying to make the next deadline, working for the next holiday, and waiting for the so called successes, at the expense of forgetting to focus on the here and right now. When we focus on the destination it is so easy to miss the wonders and beauty of the journey.
On some days when it was raining, windy and hilly it could have been easy for us to put our heads down and just endure the ride until we reached our destination. However it doesn’t take much to focus on something that is positive, encouraging and uplifting. For me on days like this was meeting up with our back up guy, my very good friend Dave Bowles. We would break our rides down to about 30 mile segments and when we joined up with him, there he was with a hot cup of tea, smiling face and an encouraging word; absolutely priceless and a wonderful part of the journey that I would not miss for the world. That’s what happens when you focus on the journey; a vision of Jesus’ Kingdom in all it’s glory
Jesus says in Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
When we focus on the journey, we not only have more strength to focus on the journey’s troubles, but we also are able to focus and hold onto the journey’s beauty and wonders. Sometimes that beauty can be very hard to find it extreme difficult circumstances, but the light of hope can seep through the smallest of cracks. Paul received this light whilst floundering in Prison. Jesus received it on the cross. Thanyou for the amazing journey of life that Jesus gave to us.
Focus on the journey not the destination
Well it’s great to be back to writing in my blog again. Finally my C2C 2012 cycle challenge is finally over. After 6 months of preparation and 12 days actually on the road, cycling to 20 cities in 12 days covering a total of 1205 miles, it’s great to be home. There is so much to write about and it is quite hard where to start. I have decided to give you daily snippets of what God has been downloading to me whilst out on the bike facing the elements and being up close and personal to his wonderful creation.
The first truth that was spoken to me was while I was cycling up a pretty tough hill in the Peak District. At a 20% gradient your legs can only move so fast. However the more hills that were conquered the easier it became and my body strengthened with the ongoing challenge. This is also true of our Christian life. God strengthens us through challenges and adversity.
The more challenges we overcome the stronger we become
A scripture that gave me great encouragement was from Ephesians 6:1-2 (The Message) “God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way.”
I absolutely love this version because it gives us great practical application on how to become the strong Christians God wants from us. We are not talking about physical strength, but having that strong positive mental attitude that we are wonderfully and fearfully made and that the challenges of life that we face, can be conquered because God is with us and his word is truth.
Do we need to accept more challenges from God, to make our faith stronger? Do we accept what we have or do we believe that more can be accomplished when we take up challenges because we know that God is greater than anything that the Devil can throw at us?
What challenge do you think God has in store for you to become a stronger Christian?
God is asking us to put our weapons to use. In other words the gifts that he has bestowed on us to increase his Kingdom here on Earth and to glorify His name. Without challenges, apathy begins to rule our lives. Let us embrace those challenges of life, use them to glorify the name of Jesus and we as followers of Him will be stronger to finish the race.
The more we overcome the stronger we become