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Arrivals & Departures

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Some people say that Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, is a journey. The wonderful thing about the journey to Christmas is that when we get there, we discover that we have only just begun!

Journeys are made up of arrivals and departures. When December 25 rolls around we celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ into our world. He came in the form of a baby. Angels and heavenly host announced his arrival, and wisemen brought him gifts. This was such an important arrival that both heaven and earth joined in the celebration!

But at the same time we celebrate Jesus’ arrival, those who believe in him begin their own journey. They depart the old life, and begin a new life of service and devotion.

So I was wondering if you think of Christmas as a day that arrives, or as yourMP900399765[1] departure point? Do you see Jesus’ arrival as calling you away from the old well-worn paths you have been traveling all your life? Do you see Jesus’ arrival as your opportunity to get on the gospel bus and travel down the road of truth?

To me, one of the most exciting parts of this season is that it represents the possibility of a new beginning. I get to start fresh, and to set my sights on following Jesus Christ even more closely than ever before!MP900399587[1]

Jesus arrived so we might depart. Why not use these weeks before Christmas to  prepare for your departure?  Prepare to go God’s way, and to answer Christ’s call on your life. Then, when Christmas arrives, step out on your journey of love and service!

Landmarks

Don’t forget the landmarks your ancestors left. They will help guide you through life’s journey. Proverbs 22:28 (adapted)

It’s worth remembering that generations have come and gone before us. Because of that, we don’t have to grope through dark and difficult times. We can learn from the work, the traditions and the practices of our ancestors. Their legacy provides landmarks that help us find our way along life’s winding road.

Whether the landmarks left by your ancestors are reminders of wise decisions and God-honoring lifestyles or not, they are still markers. They are markers from which you can learn. Those markers may warn you of pitfalls to avoid. They may point out which paths are well worn, and which ones have yet to be explored. They may give you the confidence you need to continue a journey that others had just begun.

The landmarks left by the great pillars of our faith are also worth our attention. They reveal the kinds of decisions and practices that lead to victorious living. They remind us of the direction God wants our lives to take. At the same time, they encourage our faith, by reminding us of what God can do with those who faithfully follow the Good Shepherd!

So, as you go from day to day, remember to look for the landmarks left by those who went before you. Use them to mark your pathj0438533, and to guide the decisions you make. Let them warn you away  from self-destructive paths, and strengthen your commitment to following Jesus Christ.

Let the landmarks that are left from the past help you to reach the future God has planned for you!