(The following devotional was written by my friend, Lisa Walkendorf, and I think it’s a great reflection to begin our journey into the new year. As Pastor Rick taught me, “Wherever you are, be all there!”)
We spent a day touring Athens, Greece before flying home from a mission trip recently. We saw amazing sights and marveled at history mixed within current culture… current sites built along historic ones. Ruins were visible in the midst of town. We (like many others) came as tourists to study and reflect on the past. It is incredible that items from the 5th century BC have survived and are still preserved for us today! We marveled as we toured the archeological museum. When we reflected on the day, our group shared what most impressed us,
and there were certainly many options to choose from: *The Acropolis *Mars Hill where Paul preached his sermon to the Athenians, noting their worship to “the unknown God” and introducing them
to the known God, who created everything (read more in Acts 17:16-33). *The delicious, cultural food *The archeological museum and ancient artifacts. * All the sites in town. *And, fellowship with our team members!
One friend shared that she took a picture that impressed her most, but it was not a pretty picture! It was simply a sign giving directions that stated: You are here. She reflected on the literal reminder “You are here.” This is where we are. This is the only life we get to live. There’s not some other life to live than the one we have. Some day people may be looking back to this time frame, perhaps viewing it through a museum lens of what was important to us culturally, relationally, and spiritually.
We are here now. We have this time to love family and friends, to reach out to others and share the good news about Jesus. It can be helpful to reflect on the question, “Where are you?” and to be reminded, “You are here!”
Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV) – “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Psalm 90:12 (NIV) – “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Where are you today?