Enjoying the Journey

As I was conversing with my coworkers, we were discussing the upcoming arrival of another baby in May. One of my coworkers asked me if I was excited. I had to admit that I’m more nervous than anything. This will be my fifth child (I can’t believe I’m typing that because I feel like I’m creating my own tribe). I have always been one who gets caught up in all the details about provision, etc. I think that most men have that on their mind.

I also began to think about how my oldest three are growing up. They are 14, 12, and 10. I see them every other weekend. So many weekends, I focus more on what I can’t give them rather than the personal investment of my time and love that I can freely give. I don’t want to miss this.

We often spend our lives worrying about the destination rather than enjoying the journey. I should be enjoying the sweet, sassy, hilarious, strong-willed, and stubborn moments I go through with them because they will soon be college students then adults. They will go on to marry and give me grandchildren (which I hope will be in at least 10+ years because I don’t want to age any faster). Seriously, why rush life? The book of James says it’s a vapor.

Sure. I can treasure what I see in the rear view mirror…first words, first steps. Funny moments. I can also treasure them now. New moments of laughter. Some moments may frustrate me now, but we will look back and laugh one day.

One final application to believers – stop focusing so much on the evil in the world and looking forward to Heaven that you don’t enjoy life and try to get others on the Jesus journey with you. I know way too many people who call themselves Christians whose anthem is “this ole world is an unfriendly world to me”. It might be, but you have a friend named Jesus who gives you songs in the night and joy in the morning. What a wonderful Savior we have!

11 thoughts on “Enjoying the Journey

  1. Congratulations on your coming 5th child. I know its the number of grace. I am the 5th out of 7 children and the middle one’s sometimes get lost in the shuffle but each one is so special! Enjoy all of your children. They are gifts from God.

  2. Congratulations on your upcoming arrival. What a lovely perception of living. I have truly thought of it as a journey. It can be filled with some pretty winding roads, hills and valleys, lands of opportunity and opportunities lost. But I can honestly say, it is rarely dull.

  3. How many times have I said, “Hindsight is 20/20.” I think that I have clearer vision looking back than ahead. When I do this, my eyesight is most narrow; concentrating on what I don’t have instead of thanking God for what I do. Thankfully God continues to pour out grace on me that I may see Him more clearly in the here and now as well as in the plans He has for me going forward!
    Congratulations on your wonderful news,

  4. Amen! My son is in college…his growing up years flew by way too fast. 😦 But I have enjoyed every step of the parenting journey. You have such a wise and inspiring attitude! I love it. And so happy for you about the new little one on the way! God bless you and your beautiful wife!

  5. Hey another thought provoking post Matt, thanks for sharing.

    “We often spend our lives worrying about the destination rather than enjoying the journey.” – This is so true dude. A great call to action as well.

    Thanks again

  6. A lot times, we tend to focus on the destination, but most times the lesson we are supposed to learn is through the journey. Though the destination is where God intends for us to be, He teaches us through the journey so we are able to find that end result!

    Congratulations on your fifth child! You are blessed beyond measure, and I pray for unending blessings to come your way! πŸ™‚

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