Packing for the Journey

backpack-333650_1280Procrastination is the enemy of preparation. That is the wrench in the process that keeps you from getting anything accomplished. The problem is that when we procrastinate, we only have ourselves to blame. However, we all have things that we put off because we think in the back of our minds that it can wait till later.

Think about it. We all have said things such as:
  • I will read that book tomorrow.
  • I will lose weight next year.
  • I will fold the laundry tomorrow.
  • I will write that blog post later.
  • I will answer that email later.
  • I will return that phone call later.
  • I will go to church next Sunday.
Before you know it, time has escaped you. Once time passes, you can never get it back. If you live always trying to catch up, you will find yourself living in the city of Regret.
There is no later.
There is only now.
You don’t live in the future.
You don’t live in the past.
You live in this present moment.
Nothing good comes from procrastination.
We are not waiting till January 1 to prepare for our journey. You have to be prepared before the train leaves.
We are not talking about making resolutions. This journey is not over in two weeks. This journey takes all of 2015. We are not getting off this train until it pulls into the station.
We want to be mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared for this journey.
We are sick and tired of being stuck. We are sick and tired of the routine of being the same year after year. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.
It is time for a change.
Do it. Just get out there and start. Everything you do is preparation for what you ultimately want to accomplish. You cannot get to the destination without going through a process.
Start now.
It is about the process.
The process is what defines you. It is a journey. The process challenges you, changes you, molds you, shapes you. When you get to the destination, you will not be the same person that you were in the beginning.
The process explores the depths of who you are. 
 
Through the process, you will be confronted with things about yourself that have to be dealt with. Some you may know about, some you may not, but these things have to change as you seek to become all that Jesus created you to be. Not dealing with these issues or trying to stick them in a box and hide them in a closet has the potential to derail the train. We are not asking for an easy journey but we also don’t want to sabotage ourselves before the train gets to its destination.
The process is preparation.
The whole time you are going through the process you are changing. You are becoming more like your Redeemer King.  You are being refined. You are beginning to see yourself the way Christ sees you.
Whatever you do, don’t stop.
Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Don’t throw in the towel. Don’t give up.
Don’t tap out.
God is preparing you for what He has prepared for you. When you get to your destination, you will be thankful for the process. When you get to the destination, you will be look back and see that God was preparing you through the process.
Grab your Bible and pack your bags. The train departs January 1.
What do you think that God wants to change in you before we get to the destination? Leave your answer in the comments.