Summary: We are all on a journey to somewhere? Do you realize there is more to life than your destination. How about your ATTITUDE? How will your attitude affect your journey?
WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY...
THERE IS MORE TO A JOURNEY THAN JUST YOUR DESTINATION.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
THE JOURNEY? THE DESTINATION?
On April 18, 1995, 20,000 people gathered to hear that JOE MONTANA was announcing his
RETIREMENT AFTER 16 SEASONS AS QUARTERBACK in the NFL. There were football
fans and stars gathered for the ceremonies to honor THE SUPER STAR QUARTER BACK
of San Francisco 49'ers.
JOHN MADDEN spoke: HE INTRODUCED JOE MONTANA AS THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK
THAT EVER PLAYED IN THE NFL.
BILL WALSH, THE COACH stepped to the microphone to speak, when a fan yelled:
We love you Joe!
Walsh leaned in to speak in the microphone...
Coach Walsh said: YOU WERE NOT SAYING THAT IN 1979. YOU SAID:
WHERE DID YOU GET THAT GUY THAT LOOKS LIKE A SWEDDISH PLACEKICKER?
In 1979 JOE MONTANNA was a lowly third round draft pick from NOTRE DAME.
The expert scouts said MONTANNA was a skinny, weak arm man without the muscular
build that was needed to make it in the NFL.
Something happened on JOE MONTANNA'S NFL JOURNEY. He developed an unbelievable
TIMING and accuracy passing the ball. He mastered the TWO-MINUTE DRILL. He lead
the San Francisco 49'ers to be the dominant NFL team in the 1980's.
JOE MONTANNA LEAD HIS TEAM TO 4 SUPER BOWL TITLES.
JOE MONTANNA was a very UNIMPRESSIVE ROOKIE, but the journey lead him to
a place in NFL HISTORY.
I. WHERE ARE YOU GOING? WHAT IS IN YOUR SUITCASE?
MOST THINK LIFE IS ABOUT A DESTINATION?
THE BIBLE TEACHES US A BALANCED LIFE IS ABOUT THE JOURNEY?
Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa;
and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with
them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
A. DESTINATION: the purpose, the end of journey
B. JOURNEY: passage from one place to another,
C. JONAH'S JOURNEY LIMITED THE REVIVAL...
JONAH HAD A SERIOUS ATTITUDE PROBLEM...
Jonah 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
D. GOD TRIES TO GET JONAH TO REPENT...
Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? E
E. JONAH'S MINISTRY WAS ABOUT HIS COMFORT ZONE...
HE LOVED HIS SHADE AND GOURD PLANT MORE THAN PEOPLE...
II. WHAT ARE YOU CARRYING? COULD ANGER BE A DRIVING FORCE IN YOUR DAILY
LIVING? HONEST EVALUATION AND APPRAISALS MAY MAY REVEAL A DEEP SECRET?
IF YOU CAN NOT GET ALONG WITH OTHERS ---
MAYBE IT IS YOU THAT YOU CAN NOT GET ALONG WITH.
A. I read where a man explained life as WHAT A PERSON CARRIES.
His lesson was every person carried TWO BUCKETS.
1. BUCKET ONE IS A BUCKET OF WATER...
2. BUCKET TWO IS A BUCKET OF WATER...
Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer,
the strife cease. 21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to
B. The lessons of life depend on which bucket you will use.
III. IS OUR PERSCEPTIVE A VALID REALITY, OR A TERRIBLE DISTORTION...
A. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE OFF COURSE AND THINK YOU ARE STILL RIGHT?
2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
B. Your mind is much like A COMPUTER+++ You run what ever program you have installed.
JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAID IT, OR IT IS ON THE COMPUTER DOES NOT
MAKE IT THE TRUTH.
C. I heard an Abraham Lincoln quote the other day:
Lincoln has been recorded saying: YOU CAN BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT THE CNN
AND FACE BOOK HAS PRINTED.
D. BE WARNED LIFE CAN TAKE DISTORTED, INVALID CONCLUSIONS.
Does your PERSPECTIVE ALIGN with God's word.
Mark 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
E. We knew an old man that really believed if a horse tail hair fell by the river,
it would turn into a living snake? Crazy? He would argue anyone.
IV. IF WE ARE ALL ON A JOURNEY WHERE ARE WE GOING?
THERE IS GREAT DEBATE WHETHER MAN'S NATURE IS REALLY GOOD OR REALLY
BAD? WAGES ARE EARNED...
A. WE CAN NEVER FORGIVE OUR SELVES WE NEED A SAVIOR...
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: