From “Getting To India”
Old Passport/ New Passport…. sort of a metaphor for life.
Your passport says who you are, shows where you have been, and communicates an optimistic prospect of where you are going….
I remember getting that first passport when I was 18 years young. I thought that little blue book would be filled with stamps from all over the world by the time I was 30. It was supposed to backpack thru Europe with me and I just knew we would be going where ever the wind blew us. This book held an expectation of being filled with memories & stamps in all different languages. Maybe I would just become some kind of artist or a beatnik or something. I could live outside the box! Me and my little blue book…. Ah, to be young, full of romanticism, and the hopefulness of a life without boundaries. A life filled with self, perusing the pleasures of the world.
Honestly, I haven’t used my passport since I took that marvelous trip to London and Scotland with Grandpa, Grandma, and Amy when I was 18.
New Passport, reformed life, updated perspective…. Well I certainly have traveled farther than I ever supposed I would, but not thru the continents of the world like I had assumed. Instead most of my travel has been done thru the continent of my own heart. I have come a long way since I filled out that first passport application. So now here I am more than 10 years later, still just as ready for travel and adventure, but this time it’s different. I get my stamps for going outside my comfort zone and giving instead of going on a trip solely to please myself and get something tangible by worldly standards. Now the eyes I use to see the world thru are the eyes of a mother, a wife, and a person that has been changed by the power of Love and Grace.
My old passport represented a life before Love and Grace entered my heart. I desired freedom, but I was woefully trapped. I sought after peace, but chose to live in steady turmoil. I craved rest and ran myself ragged.
My new passport is a representation of the freedom given to me by accepting Love and Grace into my heart. I am truly able to live a transformed life. I have the freedom to make better choices. This new passport (on life) allows me to share this newfound freedom I now have in Jesus. I get to go outside my little bubble to share my candid hope with people who are in need of hope.
This updated little blue book will continue to carry with it an expectation of being filled with memories & stamps in all different languages. There is unquestionably a destination in mind. And yes, of course, the optimistic prospect of a life without boundaries….
Galations 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.