Friday, July 27, 2012
DEVOTION: Travel Light by Marion Stroud
How are you with packing? I hate it. I put everything onto the spare bed and I dither. How hot will it be -- or cold? It can rain, even in hot climates, so do I pack a waterproof?
My heart is always in my mouth as I head for the check-in. Even though I’ve weighed my case before we’ve left home, I can’t be sure that the scales will agree and the rules are rigid: one case to go in the hold and one to ‘carry on’. If you have the wrong weight or the wrong-sized bag, there is a special area for unpacking and discarding things. How embarrassing … and where do the unwanted items go?
I had a nightmare before my last trip! I dreamed that I was at a familiar Conference Centre and it was time to go home, but my belongings had mysteriously multiplied during the week and it was obvious that there was no way I could jam it all into the suitcase and carry–on that I had brought with me.
‘I need another case’ I muttered frantically, but I realised, even as I said it that I couldn’t carry another case, and the lift to the ground floor was small, so I’d never get my new bag downstairs.
‘You don’t need another case’ God whispered. You just need a rucksack. Travel light!”
Jesus definitely belonged to the ‘travel light’ school of thought. When he sent the 12 apostles out on their first Mission trip he gave them very precise instructions.
‘Go to this group but not that one. Spend time with this kind of person but don’t fight to be popular. Don’t weigh yourself down with a lot of ‘stuff’. Don’t worry about money. Allow others to support and help you, and to supply your needs where it is necessary.’ Matt. 10.
How would you interpret travelling light as a writer? Why not consider some of these:
Know your audience – they call them tribes these days – and write for them: don’t flit from blog to blog or topic to topic.
Know where God has put you and fulfil his calling to you there.
Support others but allow them to minister to you in their turn.
Don’t let money be your prime motivation. You don’t need every electronic gadget known to man!
And be sure that you are carrying one underlying message – which can be expressed in a thousand different ways. ‘The Kingdom of God is near.’