Pilgrimage

Covered WagonThe adventure of life; seeking enlightenment and knowledge; the journey of living

Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. Somerset Maugham

Life is a pilgrimage that starts at birth and ends at death. It is in our best interests to live purposefully. Randall Burkhalter

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. Arthur C Benson

  All of us are fellow sojourners in the pilgrimage of Life. It is a journey that begins at birth and ends at our death. Life’s greatest mystery is that we do not know what happens when the journey ends. There are many questions including, why are we here; is there an afterlife and will we be held accountable?

   Many believe that Life is a door to something else. Each of us has must travel our own unique and personal path. This is an absolute requirement. Participation is not optional. We can bury our heads or can decide to live proactively. Life demands this of us and we must participate even if on a marginal basis. We can be a reluctant passenger or an engaged and active driver. At some point we will come to the end of our journey. We will have experienced all we will get to experience. The grains of sand in the hour glass have fallen to the bottom. Our allotted time has ended.

   There is a physical, mental and spiritual dimension to life. Each plays a part in who we are and what we become as we travel forward. We each have a timeline; having a different number of years to live; varying aspects of health and vitality; capabilities, opportunities, trials, tribulations and so forth. The buzzer goes off. We will physically die. The journey is over. We cease to exist. Life happens physically, mentally and spiritually to us through our senses, personality, intellect, experiences and a myriad of other factors. Our spiritual dimension is the least tangible, the least quantifiable, and the most mystifying. In the final analysis it may well be the most important.

    If the primary purpose in living this life is in preparation for the next life, then our spiritual pilgrimage may be the key to what lies ahead. Many believe that we will be held accountable. Perhaps it will be like a graduation ceremony. Perhaps 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 in our best interests to pay attention, do our homework, and learn the lessons that Life is trying to teach. The adage that we get out of life what we put into it may have something to say that we should really be listening to.

Challenge:.  Life’s journey does comes to an end. We will have regrets. If we want to minimize our regrets, the time to do something is, “Now!” Life is to be lived, experienced, enjoyed while gaining wisdom and understanding. Daily we should seize the opportunities coming our way. Each day is an adventure. Seize the day, live it fully. Take charge and stop being a passenger, be the captain. Each grain of sand in the hour glass is precious, use your 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

Spiritual: (NIV)

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 anymore than He has about what lies beyond this life. He has told us we should look to and trust in Him. Those doing this are living more meaningful and victorious lives than those who are not. Those who have God in their lives are getting more out of life than those who do not. Look around. When we allow God in our lives, He empowers us. He gives us the necessary extra ingredients to live this life more victoriously.    

Prayer:  Help me and guide me on my pilgrimage of life. Help me to be prepared for the next life.

 

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