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Life is a journey. Often, we don’t know what is around the corner because the road that we travel has uncertain twist and turns not to mention roadblocks. Do you remember when you needed a road atlas when you went on a trip? Perhaps you are not old enough to remember needing a road map especially when you were traveling out of town on vacation. Now you just program your destination into the car’s GPS or into your cell phone, and it tells you where and when to turn, how far to the next gas station, dining locations and when you will arrive at your destination.

No guessing, confusion and wrong decisions; just choose the shortest or fastest route and it will get you there. However, life’s journey is not like a GPS. Life doesn’t let us know when the next roadblock will occur. The reality is that you don’t know when a tragic event might crash your journey.

Assuming you know all the twists and turns of life makes you act without consulting God. Maslow’s classic work suggests that life is not lived at its fullest unless built upon a framework of basic to advanced needs. Without a foundation of the fundamental conditions of food and shelter, other needs such as safety, love, hope, esteem, and self-actualization have no standing.

So, life is a journey, enjoy the trip. Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete. The journey is a divine reward that God has given you. Remember that your journey is never ending. Consider it a thousand miles and much more with one step at a time. There is always going to be growth, improvement and adversity. So, take one step at a time.

Your journey will have pain and failures. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles we have along the way. No matter how bad the roads and accommodations might be for us along the way, you can be assured that God is there for you. You may not always look where you are going, but you will always end up going where you are looking by walking with God. Embrace the journey and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten