Sometimes the journey is just as important as arriving at your destination. My friends and collegues and I have arrived safely in Atlanta for the annual Orange Conference. We decided to again make it a road trip, and we really have the best time when we travel together. At times, the conversation is quite serious and reflective, and at other times, we are laughing to the point of tears (and occasional “depends moments’).
Some 20 hours on the road (with stops along the way), we pulled into the hotel parking lot. We were happy to be here safely, and able to stretch our legs out.
It got me thinking, our faith journey is sometimes like that roadtrip. We take friends with us, sometimes the passengers change, and sometimes we add more in, but we have deep and meaningful conversations, and other times we share tears – through laughter or pain. We know our ultimate destination is important, but the stops and sights along the way add to the richness of the travel.
This week, I will be sharing my time with 3,000 other like minded Church leaders who want to help the family impact our children’s Faith Journey. Our prayer for their ultimate destination is to spend eternity with the Saints before Jesus’ throne, but we need to make the getting there meaningful, because Jesus came ” that they may have life, and have it to the full. ” (John 10:10 NIV).
This week, all of my sessions at the conference (www.theorangeconference.com) are set to help me focus on building into the parents I minister among, so that they can build into their kids…all for eternity’s sake. Let me quote the man behind Orange, Reggie Joiner, from his new book “Think Orange”. In the introduction he says:
“There are two powerful influences on the planet – the church and the home. They both exist because God initiated them. They both exist because God desires to use them to demonstrate His plan of redemption and restoration. If they work together they can potentially make a greater impact than if they work alone. They need each other. Too much is at stake for either one to fail. Their primary task is to build God’s kingdom in the hears of men and women, sons and daughters.” (pg 20)
I can’t say it any better than that, so I won’t try. As I reflect each evening, I hope to let you in on the insights, feelings and reflections of the day at Orange…it’s a journey worth joining the ride for.