Week 37: Thursday



I usually don’t complete my itinerary whenever I visit a new place. There are just too many museums, good restaurants, shops, historical places, or friends to see, but never enough time! Not to mention the toll it takes on my two small feet!

That’s why I love organized group tours because they make everything efficient. When left to myself, I’d rather look at one museum and sit down in a cozy café for the rest of the day. In short, I am a lazy traveler. But as a sojourner, one has to tuck a very important tool in his luggage each time… and what is that? It is CURIOSITY. Your feet may take you tens of thousands of miles from home, but without the hunger for novel things, without the excitement for knowledge, without the curiosity to understand, travel is a waste of time, money, and energy. All you’ll ever take home with you are selfies in your Instagram, with your face as big as the moon, and backgrounds of buildings and spots with stories you hardly understand.

Or perhaps you’ll manage to buy keychains, chocolates, and t-shirts with printed words “I was there!” And again you take pictures of them. And countless Instagram followers give you hearts for the filters you cleverly choose. Sometimes I wonder why a picture of two feet standing on a pavement or a roll of bathroom tissue get thousands of likes and comments!

And so, to avoid such senselessness, I am now loving and keeping an ITINERARY for every trip. I even make an itinerary for every week. Being based abroad, there’s still so much to explore around me, so much to learn about the people I mingle with everyday, so much to discover about the history of the land I am in. And you cannot learn all of that in one day!

Because life is a journey, it will do us good to prepare an itinerary for it. PLANNING is not against living by faith. God is a God of plans. He is a God of order. And He likes His children to live responsibly.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and He will establish your plans.
(Proverbs 16:3)

I’ve got a question for you: Think for a sec. What were you doing 5 years ago?

Perhaps as you try to answer this, a collage of throwback Thursday pictures is forming in your mind — what your work was, how much you weighed, your hairstyle, the people you worked with… that someone you loved… the turning points… the sorrowful times, the triumphs… the mistakes. And yes that’s right… So much has happened in five years!

That’s why I’d like to ask you a question I hope you will really think about:

How do you see yourself IN 5 YEARS?

“Five years… 260 weeks… 1,825 days… 2,333,000 minutes.
What will you do with it?
What COULD you DO with it?

In five years Columbus opened up a whole new world
by discovering Bahamas, Cuba,
Hispaniola, and North and South America.

In just under five years,
Michaelangelo painted
the Sistine Chapel.

In less than five years Shakespeare wrote ‘Hamlet’, ‘Othello’,
‘King Lear’, ‘Macbeth’,
and five other immortal plays.

You have exactly have the same number of hours per day
that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur,
Michaelangelo… Leonardo da Vinci,
Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.’
(H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

In 1961, Julia Child graduated from cooking school
with a quirky idea for a TV show.
Four years later she won an Emmy
as America’s favorite TV chef.

Fired from their home improvement jobs,
Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus created a business model called
Home Depot
and went public with their idea.
Just three years after losing their jobs,
their annual sales were $1 Billion.

At age 30, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was living
in a 500-square foot apartment.
Five years later his net worth was $10 Billion.”


Life is not boring, handsome. It is a JOURNEY. It takes you from place to place, honey, and sometimes, the trip is as exhilarating as the beaches of Krabi; sometimes, life is not as you see it in tourism ads and websites, leaving you feeling duped and disappointed. But YOU CANNOT GIVE UP PLANNING and AIMING simply because there were a few things that didn’t work out in the past.
NEVER WALLOW IN FAILED PLANS, OR REST ON YOUR LAURELS. The LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE ALREADY GONE. But there’s ANOTHER FIVE YEARS AHEAD OF YOU, and God willing, so many MORE! For the love of marshmallows, stop STANDING STILL, FROZEN, or contented by the past victories. Get on with God’s itinerary for you! Be brave to travel another mile and LEAVE THE OUTCOME TO THE LORD OF OUR JOURNEY.

Remember the conversation between Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins?

It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now, folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11


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