The Journey vs. The Destination

What is more important, the journey or the destination?  For me, this was always an easy question to answer.  It has always been about the journey.  As a child, I loved family vacations.  One of my favorites was our trip to Niagara Falls.  That is a long car ride, especially to a ten year old boy.  While I remember the falls, I can’t go in to a great amount of detail about them.  As a matter of fact, I think most of my memories of the falls come from pictures rather than my own recollection.  The trip, on the other hand, is a different story.  I remember eating breakfast at Shoney’s one morning.  They had an amazing breakfast buffet.  I remember making plates of their blueberry muffins and bacon.  I remember my dad and mom telling me I should eat other stuff, but then allowing me to fill up on muffins and bacon.  I remember stopping at the world’s greatest tourist trap, South of the Border.  I remember a big cow and a furry llama.  I remember stopping to get a picture next to a tractor trailer that had a star wars mural on the side of it.  The journey was always fun for me.

I pose the question, not because I have changed my view on which is more important, but because I have noticed others answering that the destination is the important part.  There is a group of youth pastors I talk with, and lately they have been saying that what we do here is not as important as making sure we are going to heaven.  When posting my disagreement, I get attacked because I am missing the goal of attaining Heaven.  As far as I know, that goal was reached when I was 25 and truly accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.  For me, the journey that I take is what matters.  If I am only concerned with me getting to heaven, then I am missing out on all that God has for me along the way.  If I take a selfish attitude, then I am not going to be telling others about Christ so that I don’t have to make the journey alone.  I would not be serving.  I would not be praising God in every storm and sunny day.  I would be so self-centered that I fear I would make the destination more about me than about Christ.  Don’t get me wrong, I am excited about the destination, but I know that God wants me to enjoy the journey He has set me on to get there.


So, what do you think…is it the journey or the destination?


Stepping out in Faith,