Travel Light (Part 1)

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 5:1-8

Make your way straight before me. (v. 8)

The famous travel host Rick Steves says, “You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: ‘Every year I pack heavier.’ The measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels.” Ever run a bag race? I remember it from childhood Sunday school picnics. Sometimes you did it with a partner, each of you putting one leg in the same empty burlap sack, competing with others doing the same. Another way was for each contestant to run or hop with both legs in a bag. It was good for lots of laughs, not for impressive racing!

In our Christian race, stumbling doesn’t require gross sins. It’s enough to be unaware, careless, or undisciplined. So Scripture urges, “Let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end” (Heb. 12:1-2 GNT). We get just one chance to faithfully serve God in our generation. Travel light. Let’s not use our energy to add more “things that get in the way,” but use our drive to serve God with greater devotion. Brian Diemer, an Olympic steeple chase runner, when he failed to win a gold medal, said, “I gave the best that I had . . . and that’s all that matters. There’s a lot more in my life than running—my family, my Lord and Savior.”

When you stand before Christ will you be able to say of your Christian race, “I gave it the best that I had?”

—Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, empower me.