Last Sunday Greg had the privilege to speak in a small church while their pastor was on vacation. And while Greg speaks all the time doing weddings and funerals, speaking at a church is something he feels out of practice, having been away from pulpit speaking for a number of years. Still he took on the challenge – and did a wonderful job!
He decided that the only way to really be effective was to take the congregation with him on the “Lessons learned from our Journey”. He told personal stories of things we had gone through, all the different places we had lived and walking through “open doors” to get to the next place.
These 3 points are taken (borrowed) right from Greg’s message:
1. The “decision” to move and the subsequent preparation seems much more difficult (at least emotionally) than the move itself
(So true. We mulled this over and whether or not it was the right thing to do. FOR YEARS. Once we came to the conclusion it made sense to explore other areas, everything else fell into place.)
2. The Longer you stay in one place, the more “stuff”, the more “baggage” you accumulate.
(Wow. Isn’t this the truth! As Greg started cleaning out the garage for one of MANY of our Open House events, he found boxes we didn’t even remember having! And cobwebs and all sorts of dust and junk all the way up and back on shelves high up in the rafters. Do we really need all this stuff? Especially when we didn’t even know we had it? But you never know, right?)
3. When you make the decision to move (or just to downsize, or to “spring clean”), it sets a whole lot of things in motion.
(Yes and Amen. One thing leads to another. One empty shelf cleaned out to sell – leads to 3 others that aren’t. Selling one piece of furniture leaves things uneven in a room. Must sell. We have way more than we need. We found out that we can live in about half of the space we live in and it really makes sense to rent to a larger family needing our space and going somewhere else.)
And so he talked about the cobwebs and junk that we all carry around and how necessary it is to clean and remove them. Things we don’t even realize we carry around. It makes sense to lighten the load, let go of it and begin again. Sometimes in life – you just need to do this.
After the service several people came to him and told him that he spoke right to them and their particular situation. So many people on a similar journey. So many finding themselves at a crossroads of sorts – waiting on the “next step” and that “open door”.
I believe, as does Greg – that if we are healthy, have our priorities right and the main things are in correct alignment, such as character, integrity, faith in God and kindness towards others, that it does not matter where you live and what you do – those things are secondary. If we stay “open” to hearing what God is telling us, as we believe He does by working through our personality and gifts, then He will bring opportunities our way. It is up to us to either seize the moment or pass it by. And to be honest – when people ask me if we’ve heard what our next step it – I just laugh and say, “we don’t know anything – except who we are” We are staying busy – preparing for the “unknown” and enjoying each moment.
It is much easier to steer a moving car than a parked car
Parked cars in San Francisco California (Photo credit: Wouter Kiel)
What about you? Are you also on a journey? Does it take you out of your comfort zone? Have you kept busy and in motion? What lessons have you learned?