We often impose schedules on our road trips through life, mandatory departure windows and estimated times of arrival. We barrel down the highway, watching the speedometer, eager to reach our destination where the real fun will begin. Our goal is to put miles behind us, covering ground while keeping our eyes on the road ahead; but if we don’t take time to pause and consider our expectations and reasons for traveling, we may miss many important sights along the way. The following are a few reasons we should slow down and make time to for periodic stops along our journeys.
Stop to . . .
Listen to your spirit and decide which move forward is right for you.
Ask yourself if the time is right for this particular journey and what you hope to discover at the end of the road.
Calculate the cost of your new adventure and prepare all you will need to take with you on your way.
Think about your reasons for embarking on your travels and know that your motivations remain true to your heart.
When you have decided set out on the trip you have planned, make sure to take time along the way to . . .
Look around and get your bearings before proceeding on your path.
Evaluate your progress and make any needed course corrections, right wrongs, reverse wrong turns, and reconsider your next steps.
Enjoy the breathtaking views along your route, the unbelievable beauty of the world, and the unexpected ways God provides for all our needs.
Explore your new level of understanding as you encounter new experience and grow into new wisdom.
Once you have reached your final goal and celebrated your success, remember to . . .
Pause again to recognize how far you’ve come.
Appreciate all you have gained and give thanks for the courage, spirit, and determination you found to complete your journey.
Realize that success is not in achieving a goal but in learning a lesson and sharing what you have learned with others you meet.
Nurture a relationship and know that our most important blessings are the people who travel with us throughout our lives.
Finally, stop to pray in gratitude for all the twists and turns on your road and how all have contributed to the person you have become. Be happy that your journey is unique and special to you.
I wish you many blessed discoveries on your journey!
Where are you planning to travel this summer? Where do you expect to pause along the road ahead?