Enjoying the Journey – Don’t Fear the Falls and Don’t be “Hostel” to New Things - Purity 886
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Today’s photo a bright midafternoon sun shining over one of the “natural” wonders of the world comes to us from yours truly as I decided to make the best of the somewhat long drive to Buffalo by going to Oswego last night Wednesday and by skipping along the coast of Lake Ontario along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail for a time yesterday before making a bee line for Niagara Falls. The welcome center for the American Falls may be under construction, and it may have been “offseason” but there were no lines, the crowds were small, and the observation deck was open and didn’t require a ticket! Add to that the bright afternoon sunshine and I really couldn’t have asked for more as my trip to the Falls was the climax of my decision to enjoy my journey to Buffalo.
Well, It’s Friday and although I am not sure what I will do with the hours between now and when I check in as a volunteer for the Evening with David Jerimiah Event at the Key Bank Center at 3:30pm, I wanted to take the time to encourage all who read or hear this message to occasionally force yourselves to enjoy the journey by being intentional in trying new things, doing things differently occasionally, and appreciating the way to your next destination.
When I travel I am normally pretty destination driven. IF I’m going to X, let’s get to X and let’s get to X as soon as possible! But on occasion, not too often mind you, I will make the intentional decision to go a different way, not concern myself with the travel time, and to stop and see and appreciate things along the way.
When I first heard about tonight’s event in Buffalo, I got the sense that this would be a wonderful opportunity to “be spontaneous” and to do a small act of service to the man and ministry that delivered “THE MESSAGE” that saved my soul and began my new life in Christ.
Even though I could have just used today’s holiday – Happy Veterans’ Day – Thank You For Your Service – to drive out to Buffalo in time to make the event, I decided to leave Wednesday evening and use a personal day yesterday so I could take some time to visit my alma mater’s city, and to just see where the Lord lead me as I slowly moved west to Buffalo.
Okay maybe I wasn’t completely spontaneous because I was responsible in scheduling the time off from work and did book my stay at the Knight’s Inn in Oswego and the Hostel Buffalo Niagara well in advance. But other than making sure I had a place to lay my head before going, I decided to take my time and to take a more scenic route and to stop at Niagara Falls before going to my 2 day hostel home in Buffalo.
So yesterday, after dropping off an old fraternity shirt I have no use for in the mailbox of the new Psi Phi Gamma fraternity house on West 4th Street, I went to the Oswego Marina and drove along the Lake Ontario shore up to the SUNY Oswego Campus. I took a few pictures of the lake behind Riggs and Johnson Hall and then set the GPS for Niagara Falls.
But I quickly realized that the GPS was going against my desire to drive along the coast, so I decided to put in Sodus Point as a destination and try to keep the lake close. I had a great morning driving around soudus bay, to the point and then stayed on lake road, making stops at B.Foreman Park, The Lakeview Shelter at Webster Pier, and the Irendequoit Bay Outlet Pier and Beach. But when I reached the Seabreeze Amusement Park, my leisurely pace, the unfamiliarity where I was, my desire to visit Niagara Falls and to get to the Hostel Buffalo Niagara before 5pm, all caused me to take the GPS’s quickest route to the Falls. As I headed south and realized I had only gone as far west as Rochester I was a little disappointed because I wanted to take the long way around to Niagara Falls initially but my stopping to smell the roses had taken time and I had a date with the Niagara Falls. So I hit the thruway with enthusiasm, driving very fast, and made it to the Falls around 2 pm.
The Falls were as magnificent as ever and I took some time to intentionally sit on a park bench to enjoy the view and to thank the Lord for the wonderful weather and all the wonderful sights I had seen thus far, and of course to thank Him for where He has brought me in life.
And of course, when you think about how good life is because you are experiencing pleasant circumstances you naturally think about the people you love. So I thought about my wife TammyLyn and sent her some photos to let er know that I was thinking of her and that I wished she was with me and that I loved her.
After some anxiety over finding a place to park my car, I eventually made it to the Hostel in Buffalo, which admittedly is a new experience and caused a bit of anxiety too!
Think college dorm room, meets fraternity house, meets army barracks, and maybe a bit of the apartment on “Friends”… The Hostel Buffalo Niagara is a laid back pad man, can you dig it…
Okay, I’m a nerd and as I planned this spiritual pilgrimage I decided to intentionally step out of my comfort zone and stay at a hostel. Hey if you are going to try new things you actually have to plan new things and do them so, I am doing it.
And although my anxiety level was up, because Mr. Spontaneity hasn’t stayed in Buffalo before and couldn’t reserve parking, WHAT!, I have now, this morning, settled down, now that I have gotten some sleep and my horror movie fears of murder, theft, and sexual assault at the hands of strangers were baseless.
I am currently in the “Lounge” typing this out and may even be so bold as to do the podcast if no one else is around….
Anyway, I am alive and well and looking forward to this afternoon and tonight’s event where I will be able to serve, worship, praise, and thank the Lord for who He is and for all that He has done.
So, it is my prayer that all who hear this will enjoy the journey of this life by connecting with God thought faith in Jesus Christ and then by travelling with God everywhere you go. And even if you have fear and anxiety of doing new things or doing things differently, let me encourage you that when you do them with the Lord, you never have to worry because He will never leave you and He will guide you in the way you should go.
So keep walking and talking with God, it’s the only way to travel!
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Hebrews 12:11 (NLT2)
11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Today’s verse tells us a hard truth but reminds us of a greater purpose.
Today’s verse tells it like it is: discipline is painful! Some of the changes that will help us to become more like the people God made us to be will require some concerted effort to renew our minds and possibly shape our bodies to accomplish. The changes that we want and the deeper relationship with God requires that we be disciplined in instituting solutions and in the regular application of Biblical wisdom through Bible study and prayer.
Developing new habits and crucifying the flesh can be a daunting task but if we remain diligent in our seeking the Lord and in doing what He directs us to do, we will eventually create new godly habits and see significant results as our minds are renewed and our hearts are surrendered to God.
So discipline might be painful but as today’s verse assures us, it will reap a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in the way. So keep at it, keep pursuing the Lord and the person He wants you to become.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”
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The Sermon on the Mount
On the Hidden Nature of the Christian Life
The Hiddenness of Practicing Piety concludes
Asceticism is self-chosen suffering; it is passio activa, not passio passiva, and, therefore, most vulnerable. Asceticism is constantly threatened by the godless, pious wish to make oneself equal to Christ through suffering. One’s own claim to take the place of Christ’s suffering, to complete the work of Christ in suffering, namely, killing off the old self in us, is also lurking dormant within asceticism. In this, asceticism usurps the bitter and ultimate seriousness of Christ’s work of salvation. Here asceticism makes a dreadfully harsh show of itself. Voluntary suffering should serve only better ministry and deeper humility on the basis of Christ’s suffering. But here it becomes a terrible distortion of the suffering of the Lord himself. It wants to be seen; it becomes a merciless living reproach to other people, for it has become the path to salvation. In such “public” ostentatiousness, its reward is really squandered, because it is sought from other people.
“Put oil on your head and wash your face” could likewise become an opportunity for subtle pleasure or self-praise. But that would misinterpret it as a disguise or mask. Jesus, however, says to his disciples that they should remain humble in the voluntary exercises of humility, that they should never burden others with such exercises, using them as a reproach or a law. Instead, they should become grateful and joyous that they are permitted to remain in service to their Lord. What is meant here is not the cheerful face of a disciple seen as a Christian stereotype, but the proper hiddenness of Christian deeds, the humility which does not know of itself, just as the eye does not see itself, but only others. Such hiddenness shall be revealed one day, but only by God, not by oneself.
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship