On my trip to Indiana I had the privilege of getting a free upgrade with my rental car. This was a great opportunity to get all the bells and whistle in a car. So they offered my husband and I top pf the line pearly white Nissan Maxima. As the words were getting ready to come out of my mouth, “We will take it”, my husband said, “What we need is a vehicle that has more space.” So the gentleman said, “Well we a have a mini van”. My thoughts, “A mini van, wow, what a Buzz killer!” So we got the mini van it wasn’t pearly but it did have a fancy navigational system, seat warmers, and the doors opened from both sides of the van.
That fancy navigational system told me all the different places and pit stops around me. Being that I was in a new environment and didn’t know my way around it was perfect! Then I began noticing that every time I would put in my son’s address it would take us on a different route. Yet the address remained the same. From my location to my son’s home it was a good hour and a half so it made me reflect on different things. I began pondering, “Do I know where I am going on this journey called “life”? Where am I with my goals, and dreams?” What are some things I have set out to do that I haven’t accomplished?
There are areas in my life that I know the address but somehow fail to get there. If I am being completely honest at times I don’t even know how to get there or don’t believe I can get there. For example, weight loss has always been a challenge my whole life. My step father would joke about my thighs and how “fat” I was. He engrained in my head that overweight people are ugly and no one wants someone who is overweight. Here is the real sad part, I was never overweight growing up but subconsciously plugged that destination in my head. So I had my reserved parking spot that I can pull up to at any time.
Remember when I mentioned how the navigational system continued taking me on a different route, but got us to our destination. Well the same thing happens with our goals, and things we are wanting to accomplish or change in our life. Self consciously I choose to take a different route that sabotages me from getting to that address. It’s so easy to get sucked in to all the different pit stops around me like the cheesecakes, soda pops, and the pizzas. Oh how I love those beautiful pit stops. They seem so gratifying in the moment and I literally get so comfortable in being at that pit stop that I have lost sight of my destination and remain parked.
I have come to the realization that I can’t afford to stop at the pit stops. They are prohibiting me from getting to my destination. I have to stay the course and remind myself of the address that was plugged in. How many times in our life do we actually feel or know where we are going? If only it was as simple as to just plug-in an address and boom there we are! In our lives we have control deciding where we are going, but like myself many times have chosen not to. We all have different pit stops along the way. It’s truly is a matter of the will and if we will stay or continue moving until we’ve reached the address that was plugged in.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1, NLT).
- What are some of those pits stops that you continue to pull into?
- Have you plugged in your address?
- Now, do you know where you are heading?
Is their anyone out there that can relate to this? Let’s generate some conversation. I would love to hear from you. Share some your of your own pit stops. Have an amazing week!
Sandy Cortes, Carrier’s of Hope
Breathing Hope one Life at a Time!