Fo­cus on what re­ally mat­ters

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Kyabram Free Press - - WEDNESDAY EXTRA -

I AM writ­ing this trav­el­ing at 883km/h at 11,583 me­tres in an A330-300 air­craft from Sin­ga­pore to Yangon in Myan­mar. I feel a bit like Abra­ham when he set off on a jour­ney not know­ing ex­actly where he was go­ing and what to ex­pect. Well, per­haps not quite like Abra­ham; I have some idea of where this plane is go­ing but am not en­tirely sure what to ex­pect when we ar­rive.

One can never be sure of what to ex­pect when pass­ing through cus­toms at air­ports. I don’t imag­ine Abra­ham had the same dif­fi­culty at bor­der con­trols but he did have to ne­go­ti­ate through some dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions. Af­ter pass­ing through cus­toms, we have been as­sured some­one will be there to es­cort us to our overnight ho­tel.

The un­ex­pected did hap­pen when we went to col­lect our lug­gage. Three pieces of lug­gage had been left be­hind in Sin­ga­pore. One was ours.

Ir­re­spec­tive of where we might be, whether at home or trav­el­ling some­where, life is a jour­ney. It is how we make the most of the jour­ney that is im­por­tant. Ill­ness, an ac­ci­dent, or just get­ting older can im­pact upon the jour­ney.

When I read the ac­counts of peo­ple Je­sus en­coun­tered who had ex­pe­ri­enced un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances in their life, Je­sus met their need and gave them lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and a fresh start at life. Then there was a wealthy man who sought out Je­sus. Such a per­son would be con­sid­ered to have their life to­gether and be jour­ney­ing well in their var­i­ous en­deav­ours. Like the rich man in the Bible, this is not al­ways the case. The big ques­tion is how you are jour­ney­ing in life to­wards hav­ing a place in God’s heaven.

The rich man who ap­proached Je­sus was told to keep the com­mand­ments. He said he had done so for as long as he could re­mem­ber. That be­ing the case, Je­sus sug­gested he should give away his money to the needy. The man went away un­happy. The prob­lem was not that he was wealthy, but that he had al­lowed his wealth to be­came his prime fo­cus.

What we need ask our­selves is what ob­ject in my life has a greater pri­or­ity than my com­mit­ment to God that is in­hibit­ing my jour­ney to­wards the king­dom of heaven? Robert Arnold Pas­tor, Kyabram Church Bap­tist

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