Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

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Two of my sisters and I were on vacation in Hawaii and decided to drive to the city of Hana on the eastern shore of the island of Maui. We rented a vehicle, obtained a map and started our trek. As we traveled, we observed that the road was two-laned, narrow, snaked, and only had two-feet railings protecting us from the valley if we swerved too close to the edge.

My sister drove about 20-25 miles per hour for the entire two-hour time it took us to get up the mountain to the city. It looked like a funeral procession because so many cars were behind us, except horns were bonking and every now and then someone would get so impatient they would take a risk and pass us. That choice was very dangerous because the road was so winding that one could not see what was around the bend.

We noticed automobiles pulled over at several scenic points but didn’t realize stopping at scenic sights to view the beauty of the landscape was part of the experience. By the time we arrived at Hana it was early afternoon. We didn’t want to be driving the wormy road in the dark so we drove around the city for approximately 30 minutes, missed much of the beauty of the city and the reason tourists visit Hana; drove back down to board the cruise ship before it embarked.

Many of us do the exact thing in our spiritual journey, we rush around doing, working, volunteering, teaching, preaching, serving, …and forget to savor the wonder of God’s love, to enjoy His creation, to relax in His presence.

We forget that our spiritual walk is not just an end to a means – get to heaven.

Sure, we all want to end up in the face of Jesus and receive our crowns, but don’t be so heavenly-minded that you neglect to live while you are on the earth.

Don’t be like Martha, distracted by the cares of this world that you miss out on the most important things – enjoying your life journey. You have only one opportunity on this earth so take advantage of it and – LIVE!

40But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”     

Luke 10:40 (NIV)

Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. What a beautiful analogy. Thank you.

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