As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. Arthur C Benson
Life is a pilgrimage that starts at birth and ends at death. It is in our best interests to live purposefully. Randall Burkhalter
Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. Somerset Maugham
All of us are sojourners in the pilgrimage of Life. This journey begins at birth and ends at death. Life’s greatest mystery is that we do not know what happens when our journey is over. There are many questions including, why are we here; is there an afterlife and are we being held accountable?
Many believe that Life is a door to something else. Everyone must travel their own path. Participation is not optional. The effort and commitment we give is. We can bury our heads and be passive or we can decide to live proactively. Life demands we must participate even if marginally. We can be reluctant passengers or engaged and actively involved. At some point down the road, the trip comes to an end. We will have experienced all that we will experience. The last grain of sand in the hour glass falls to the bottom. The time allotted for our pilgrimage ends.
There are physical, mental and spiritual dimensions to our lives. Each part is critical to who we are and what we become as we travel. We have individualized timelines; differing numbers of years to live; varying aspects of health and vitality, individual capabilities and potentials, differing opportunities and unique trials and tribulations to endure.
The buzzer goes off. Time is up, the game is over and we physically die. Our pilgrimage has ended. We cease to exist as we know it. Each of us has experienced life physically, mentally and spiritually through our senses, intellect, and perhaps our souls. Our pilgrimage consisted of everything that ever happened, both good and bad. Our spiritual dimension is the least tangible, quantifiable, and most mystifying. In the final analysis it may be the most important.
If the primary purpose in living this life is preparation for a next life, our spiritual pilgrimage may be the key to our futures. Many believe we are being held accountable. Perhaps it will be like a graduation ceremony. Maybe we will be given a report card grading us on how well we learned the lessons of Life. Will we pass or will we fail? It is likely to be in our best interests to pay attention, do our homework, and learn the lessons that Life is teaching. The adage that we get out of life what we put into it may have something to say. We should be listening and paying attention.
Challenge: Someday, the journey will end. We are likely to have regrets. If we want to minimize the regrets, the time to act is, “Now!” Life is to be lived, experienced, and enjoyed, with lessons to be learned. Everyday, we should seize the opportunities that come our way. Each day is an adventure. Seize the day, live it more fully. Take charge and stop being a passenger, be the captain. Each grain of sand in the hour glass is precious, use your allotted time wisely.
Wisdom: And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8
The word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
God has a reason for not revealing any more than he has about what lies beyond this life. He has told us that we should look to him and trust Him. Those that are doing this are headed in the right direction in their pilgrimage. Those who have God in their lives are getting more from their journey than those do not. Look around. When we allow God in our lives, we are empowered. He gives us guidance and the wisdom to live more meaningful and purposeful lives.
Prayer:Help me and guide me on my pilgrimage of life. Help me to be prepared for the next life.