This is a subject I have posted about in the past. When someone sent me an email containing a Tao Meditation, I wrote Dismount your donkey at the summit in response, pointing out that the donkey we choose to ride makes a difference. All donkeys do not take us to the same destination, that is, the submit where we wish to arrive.
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
One of mine is “The Polar Express.”
As you likely know, this film is a digitally animated 3D production that stars Tom Hanks as the conductor of a train that takes its passengers on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. All along the way the children on the journey must decide if they “believe” in Christmas. One boy in particular has his doubts. The train ride represents his struggle. Is Christmas real or just a childhood fantasy?
At the end of the movie, the little boy is wrestling with what to think of his adventure. What should he believe? What is true and what is false? The conductor (Mr. Hanks) then turns to the boy and says, “The one thing about trains: It doesn’t matter where you’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.” (continued here)
Curiously, although Piper likes this movie, he detests that quote. Piper very much believes the train matters. Different trains take us to the different places. Consider this excerpt from his column.
In the 1990s, there was another movie that also featured a train ride. This train, however, was not leading to the magical snow-filled skies of the North Pole but, instead, to the infamous and ash-laden courtyards of Auschwitz and Dachau. The movie was “Schindler’s List” and, in this film, we see it does, indeed, matter which train one chooses to get on. (from here)
Please read Piper’s column. Then consider what you are doing with your life. Are you just passing through, or do you have a purpose for your life? Are you seeking the truth, or are you denying that any truth exists?
John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many[a]mansions; if it were not so,[b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
If the destination does not matter, why bother with the journey? If life has no purpose, why live it? If we want to go somewhere good — make a journey that is well worth the effort — then we each need to get on the donkey, board the train, or walk the way that takes us to Jesus.
- Which is more important, journey or destination? (quora.com)
- 3 Compelling Reasons Why The Journey Matters More Than the Destination (byrslf.co)
- Why the Journey Matters More Than Your Goal (medium.com)
- Life is About the Destination, Not the Journey (redlemonclub.com)
- Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination (quoteinvestigator.com)
- What’s More Important: The Journey Or The Destination? (sourcecon.com)
- ‘The destination is the journey’ (jpost.com)
- The journey is the destination (themennonite.org)
- Christian Life: Destination vs. Journey (mintools.com)