It will be like a man going on a journey. (Matt. 25:14)
Traveling in a car for a lengthy journey was never my idea of having fun. As a child I found going on long trips to be especially boring and torturous. However, in order to get from Connecticut to Ohio to visit my stepfather’s relatives, we had to endure hours of traveling. The scenario played out the same way every time we made this trip. We would all pile into the station wagon. Five minutes into the trip one of my brothers or I would yell out, “Are we there yet?” My mother would answer by saying, “No! Sit back and try to enjoy the trip!”
A few years ago I realized that I still had not learned the lesson of enjoying the trip. I was rushing through life. In the hectic pace of getting things done, I did not feel I had time to spend with people. My focus was on getting work done.
One day a colleague shared these words of wisdom: “Jim, it’s alright for you to take time and fellowship with others. You have to stop saying you will take the time to fellowship with others at a later date when ‘things’ slow down because, when later comes, they may not be there anymore for you to fellowship with! You have to learn to enjoy journeying with others now!”
Take time to enjoy fellowship with others on your journey through life.
Jim Umf Lo is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books published by Wesleyan Publishing House.
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