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Life’s Journey, Where Are You?

By Don Loftis | 08.03.11

John Bunyan’s classical allegory of the Christian life was entitled Pilgrim’s Progress. It has been translated into over 200 languages and has never gone out of print in the 325 years since it was first published. Its popularity lies in its universal application. Who can’t identify with visits to such “places” as the Hill of Difficulty, the Delectable Mountains, the Valley of Humiliation, or the Slough of Despond? We are all on the same journey–just at different places.

It really does not matter where we are on that journey. You might object to that statement, if you are in a period of severe pain or desperate loneliness. However, since we all travel similar roads, we will all encounter those painful stages. In fact, John Bunyan started writing Pilgrim’s Progress in 1660 while he was in prison for preaching without a license. He was not a member of the authorized Church of England and therefore prohibited from conducting religious activities.

What matters today is where we are going. What is our real goal? Is Celestial City our desired destination? What is our plan for getting there? Who have we recruited to assist us in a successful journey?

Each day takes us farther along that journey. It will have its ups and downs, its questions and doubts. We need to remember to keep our eyes on the goal and “press on to the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.” Perseverance, patience in the face of adversity, will see us through to the goal. Winston Churchill was right when he said to the graduates, “Never! Never! Never give up!”


One Response to “Life’s Journey, Where Are You?”

  1. mickey says:

    “press on to the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.”
    “Never! Never! Never give up!”

    thanks don


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