"Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
~ I Corinthians 15:58
Have you ever been on a pilgrimage? And if not, why not?
Every day we are bombarded by images that are glimpses of journeys. Ads tell us what groceries to shop for, what products to buy, school programs to enroll in, or what clothes to wear and where to purchase "the look."
For some, the idea of being on a pilgrimage is seeking out the "best deal."
You don't have to look far to realize that we all are seeking something.
The idea of a pilgrimage, however, is about seeking something much deeper, and something meaningful.
I have always been in awe of stories that involve doing something so radical that you just know that it had a deeper meaning.
When we labor to do something, not for our sake, but for the sake of creating a better world, or to help a single soul, then this journey suddenly has a deeper meaning and a context that might just border on the proverbial "walk of faith."
I have always loved stories that involve, "I don't know why I did something. There was just something inside of me that made me to do this."
That still small voice that reminds you that your life matters, and that you are uniquely designed for a specific purpose is the reminder that your journey matters. What is it that pulls at you to step out on faith and do something? The start of a pilgrimage.
I hope that today you recognize the purpose of your life, and that you begin your pilgrimage by searching within yourself. May it be revealed, and that your first step on your pilgrimage begins by believing that the journey is worth every step.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, where You lead, I will follow. Today I will trust in Your journey for my life. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.