I’m not who (where) I was

When you’re on a cruise ship or on a long airplane flight, they often have a map that shows your progress.  You can see how far you’ve come, how far you have to go, etc.  The only time you’re not moving on a cruise ship is when you’re in a port.  Obviously you can’t see the minute by minute progress on the map, but when you go to sleep at night and get up in the morning you can see how much you’ve moved.  In a plane, you’ll know if you quit moving because if you quit moving you’ll crash.

One of the favorite illustrations that I’ve used in church to talk about our Spiritual lives is that of a “You Are Here” circle in a shopping mall.  I’ve said several times that if our walk with Christ had a “You Are Here” circle like the mall, many people’s circle wouldn’t have moved from this day last year.  They’d be on the same circle in the same place.  I said this on Ash Wednesday and I heard that someone later said they could not believe how far away they were from last year’s circle.  That’s exciting.  Of course it’s a big move when you move from non-Christian to Christian.  But sadly, some people never move again.  How about you?  Are you on the move?

And I even got another perspective of this illustration this morning.  It was a blessing to be able to give the commencement address at the federal prison this morning to inmates.  It gave me another perspective of this “on the move” philosophy.  While the people there are not able to physically be on the move yet, as they’re incarcerated, they are indeed on the move receiving their education.  And some of them, for the glory of Jesus.

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