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Topic: End (02/13/06)
TITLE: The Journey's Reward
By John Hunt
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Something about flying with a two-year-old across the Pacific speaks volumes of a person’s resolve, parenting skills, and more likely, sanity. During our entire flight, my wife endured fidgeting, temper tantrums, and food fights – but enough about my behavior (in my defense, my son threw first). Suffice to say, I think the stewardesses put us on the no fly list after that.
The blissful flight to Manila was really our second attempt at masochism. The first came in 1997 after my oldest daughter turned two. On that occasion, I recall three episodes of vomiting, countless diaper changes, and a merciless layover in Tokyo. The only Japanese I ever learned came from a song during my youth called Mr. Roboto, which apparently loses something in translation. I tried to order a cheeseburger happy meal and ended-up with a Toyota, a bonsai tree, and a restraining order.
I would gladly avoid international travel and swear-off airline food altogether, if not for three little reasons: my kids’ joy upon seeing their cousins again. That makes the entire ordeal worthwhile.
Given our ill-fated venture into international travel, however, one would probably understand my aversion to overused platitudes. They’re kind of like helium in cheap balloons: They lift you up for a few moments, but send you crashing when they leak away.
Regardless, I would fare well to follow the same paradigm in my spiritual walk.
I’ll admit; it’s easy to get comfortable with life down here. Like many in my age group, I hold a decent job with ample salary and plenty of creature comforts. My family never wants for anything and my commute gives me plenty of time to practice euphemisms. Lest I get too comfortable, however, I’m reminded of the rich man who valued his wealth more than following Jesus. He chose to enjoy his journey rather than wait for his reward.
I’m not saying we can’t enjoy life, or the things we have in life. After all, every good and perfect gift comes from above. But if we neglect the call of our Savior and live only for the present, it’s kind of like settling on airline food for eternity.
Now that’s a banquet I want no part of – especially when a wedding feast lies around the bend.
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