We will never see anything different if we keep looking at the same old thing. Yes, I know that sounds obvious and redundant, but think about it for a minute. It’s hard to develop a fresh VISION when our SIGHT is filled with the same familiar things.
I am sitting in a hotel lobby in Tiberias, Israel just 200 yards away from the edge of the Sea of Galilee writing this blog. I can hear the waves rolling onto the shore as the wind filters over the mountains from the east and the direction of Capernaum just a few miles away. In all honesty, I’m a little overwhelmed.
18 years of ministry has provided me an incredible opportunity to travel the world preaching the gospel and teaching leadership but it has always been a lifelong dream to experience walking and following in the footsteps of Christ. To see where He lived, ministered, loved, suffered, died, rose from the dead and where he will one day be ultimately and forever coronated as King.
To try and describe my experiences and encounters thus far and with 3 days left would be premature and truthfully not really possible, I’m not even sure what I feel much less how to articulate it.
However, having said that, I sense things have changed. I sense things are still changing. I feel a shift in my perspective. I cannot read scripture the same way again and I feel my grasp and understanding on the overall mission of Christ has been deepened.
I haven’t even made it to calvary, the garden of agony or the empty tomb yet. I can’t imagine what will happen to me then if just what I’ve already seen has impacted me this much. Even though this is my first time here, I instinctively know it will not be my last.
Before i get all carried away, here is my point.
If you want to change your life you must first change your perspective. And in order to change your perspective, you must first change your scenery. For good or bad, we are formed by our experiences. When our experiences are familiar and well worn our vision for life reflects those old familiar paths. And whenever we take in new experiences that stretch us and cause us to break out of the routine roads we constantly walk on something special begins to happen. We find that all at once things look different, not because THEY are different but rather because WE SEE DIFFERENT.
GOD WANTS TO STRETCH YOU.
Now for you that may mean saving your money and taking the trip of a lifetime or it may simply mean going a different way home from work or engaging in a new hobby or meeting some new people. It really doesn’t matter as long as we change things up and break out of the same daily grind that fights against our creativity and keeps our vision limited and predictable.
Every time I travel it feeds my creative spirit and fills my soul with fresh vision. Usually, the more different and unusual the encounter the more growth I get out of it. So my prayer for you is very simple. I pray that God would open your mind and heart to new experiences and that through those things your Spirit would be expanded with the creative energy of the Holy Spirit. If you seek a DIFFERENT PLACE and you encounter a DIFFERENT PACE, you will always walk away with a DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.
Tomorrow Jericho, then on to Jerusalem………Lord, speak to me. I’m all ears and all yours.