Each shop, museum, and restaurant has to earn it's place in our hearts. They have to put their best foot forward if they are to become part of our life. To be the places that we bring our friends and families. To become our latest Face Book status update with pics and a text message that says “You've gotta see this place.”
After a while, if we are not careful, we slowly begin to stop seeing with the fresh eyes of the explorer. When a bit of time goes by we create our own rabbit trails of favorite places. We no longer see the shops that once were so interesting only the ones we favor. The statues become mundane, the plaques unread and forgotten as a overall grayness replaces the once vibrant colors of the unknown.
This steady decline into mediocrity overtakes us before we know it. We walk the streets with our eyes fixed on the destination and we no longer notice the beauty that is all about us. The ornate buildings, the amazing homes filled with architectural character, the trees and flowers that accent our streets, all become lost to our consciousness.
Our Christian journey often reflects this same decaying reality. What was once the excitement of worship becomes nothing more than ritual. The exaltation of being part of the body of Christ is overshadowed by the lethargy of trying to keep up daily Bible reading and lack luster prayers. Once we were excited about out Church Family and shared the joy of corporate worship is easily replaced by duty and endless responsibility. We have become tainted as we fixate on the destination of our lives and cease to see the beauty of the journey itself.
Jesus Christ has provided you with everything you need to live an amazing and beautiful life right now. Even in the midst of all of the challenges and hardships his glory can be seen in worship, scripture, prayer, and service. Open your eyes once again to the wonder that is being Christian.
Spring is here. So give yourself permission to be an explorer once again. Marietta is an amazing place to live, work, and play. Don't allow yourself to miss the view. Most importantly don't miss out on all the beauty that God has placed in your life day after day. Can you see it?