He Who Would Travel Happily... 6-19-14

May 18, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Tags: Padre's Ponderings

padre164He Who Would Travel Happily Must Travel Light

In my thoughts this week I've frequently revisited that little axiom offered by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Boxes are being stacked in the Ministry Center's various offices in preparation for our move into Seven Oaks on June 16th; each cardboard container is a testament to someone's having triumphed over his/her latent "pack rat tendency" by ruthlessly purging a work area of the extraneous stuff accumulated during the past dozen years. In the evenings I now must walk around the single suitcase Becky has conspicuously placed in the bedroom in advance of our annual family gathering at Topsail Beach; I've gotten the message but I think she's still trying to convince herself! My point is: at home and the office hard decisions are being made as to what will be needed for the journey ahead, knowing that to travel happily we must travel light.

movingstuffLife is not a destination, it's a journey; and too many of us are so burdened with joy-robbing loads that we've stalled along the way . . . invariably we've become bogged down in a mud hole of sorts and just can't seem to quit wallowing around in it. Could you be one of them? Perhaps it's time for you to do battle with your tendency to hoard, ruthlessly discarding whatever might hinder your journey into God's new tomorrow. Without exception what I'm now labeling as trash I once deemed to be important enough to hold on to . . . but, praise God, I've journeyed on and my needs today are decidedly different - I'm traveling lighter and happier for it. Won't you join me?

In His service and for His glory,


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