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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: End (02/13/06)

TITLE: The Journey's Reward
By John Hunt


Whoever said, ďThe journey is its own reward,Ē probably never flew with three kids on an eighteen-hour flight. Either that or they traveled in separate planes.

Something about flying with a two-year-old across the Pacific speaks volumes of a personís resolve, parenting skills, and more likely, sanity. During our entire flight, my wife endured fidgeting, temper tantrums, and food fights Ė 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 kidsí 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. Theyíre 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.

Iíll admit; itís 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, Iím 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.

Iím not saying we canít 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, itís kind of like settling on airline food for eternity.

Now thatís a banquet I want no part of Ė especially when a wedding feast lies around the bend.

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janet rubin02/20/06
This was hysterical. The first half had me laughing out loud. However, I'd try to state your "point" a bit more clearly in the last paragraphs. It was a great point. It just took a bit to make the connection (for me at least.)I enjoyed the article though. Thanks.
Kevin Kindrick02/22/06
I loved this, it was hilarious! It calls to mind some of the work of my favorite humor writers. A great way to get across such a vital message, and you're right, a balance is needed.
Thanks for sharing.

God bless,

Jan Ackerson 02/24/06
I love this! Where are all the commenters? Very, very funny--I love your sense of the ironic--and then you pack a punch at the end. I wasn't expecting a spiritual application, and you snuck one in beautifully. One of my favorites of this type ever.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/27/06
I loved it! From the chaotic to the sublime...it was delightful! There were the chuckles in the beginning, then the lump in the throat at the end - when I thought of that great feast Up There! A Wonderful, very well written piece on our Journey's Reward at the end of our tour on planet Earth. Kudos!