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MANY FIREFIGHTERS desire to add more than required to their department or community, such as extra enthusiasm for the job, extra training, additional formal college ...

Chief Lee Callahan, Burlington, MA; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters International Regional Director / International Board Member

JOURNEY OR FINAL
DESTINATION

Does Miley get it right?

MANY FIREFIGHTERS desire to add more than required to their department or community, such as extra enthusiasm for the job, extra training, additional formal college education for promotion, or becoming an EMT, paramedic, or officer. Perhaps they encourage others to become firefighters, volunteer at fire department activities, or teach fire safety to children. The bottom line is that many first responders, whether paid or volunteer, are involved in a lengthy journey throughout their fire service careers.

Whatever journey you personally embark on to make yourself more valuable, it takes commitment, effort, and time.

A song, “The Climb,” by teen recording star Miley Cyrus addresses challenges in life’s climb, such as uphill battles, moving mountains, voices in the head, and never reaching your dream. The song lists things that metaphorically make going through life hard. After noting difficulties of life, Miley sings that it “Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side. It’s about the climb.”

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” (1 John 5:11)

Does Miley get it right? It’s a question worth pondering. The climb, our daily Christian life, is certainly important. Local church participation and stewardship of spiritual gifts are truly important parts of our daily climb through life. Using our physical and mental abilities for God counts for something as others witness our lives. Prayer is essential to keep us from falling during the climb. Bible study, worship of our Lord, and regular sharing of our faith are other components that need to be included in our daily climb.

Again I ask, “Does Miley have it right?”

What about what’s “waitin’ on the other side”? For those who have put their faith in the work of Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with him, I suggest it’s all about what’s “waitin’ on the other side”: eternal life! All aspects of your daily walk mean nothing if not guaranteed by an eternity with Christ.

God’s Word is clear about what’s “waitin on the other side” of the mountain of life when the Christian’s journey is over. There is redemption (Hebrews 9:12), salvation (Hebrews 5:9), inheritance (Hebrews. 9:15), reward (John 4:36), purpose (Ephesians 3:11), joy (Isaiah 51:11), and glory (1 Peter 5:10; 2 Timothy 2:10) …

Yes, the journey is important, but the destination is the most important part of the journey of life. I trust that you agree.

Prayer:

Lord, may my journey be honoring to you. Thank you that my destination—heaven—is “waitin’.” I know it is the most important part of the journey of life.


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