Saturday, October 25, 2008

This Journey is My Own

If you have ever read Gary Thomas' Sacred Pathways or heard Bill Hybels unpack the concept, you will understand what I mean when I say my primary pathway is a "relational" one.  Those for whom solitude sometimes sounds like solitary confinement.  I see God best and "feel" closest to Him as I see Him portrayed in the lives of others.  And, God has been overwhelmingly gracious to allow me opportunity for wonderful, encouraging relationships in every chapter of my life.  But I will admit that on more than one occasion, that has given me much to think about, since I am single.

This morning, Sara Groves' song (blog title) caught my attention.

When I stand before the Lord, I'll be standing alone.
This journey is my own.
Still I want man's advice, and I need man's approval,
but this journey is my own.
Why would I want to live for man
and pay the highest price?
What would it mean to gain the world,
only to lose my life?

So much of what I do is to make a good impression.
This journey is my own.
So much of what I say is to make myself look better.
This journey is my own.
I have never felt relief like I feel it right now.
This journey is my own.
'Cause trying to please the world it was breaking me down,
it was breaking me down.

Now I live and I breathe for an audience of one,
now I live and I breath for an audience of one.
Now I live and I breathe for an audience of one,
'cause I know this journey is my own.
You can live for someone else,
and it will only bring you pain.
I can't even judge myself.
Only the Lord can say, "Well done."

Sometimes it is a fine line, leaning into and learning from the relationships He has so graciously provided and making sure I see Him as my only audience.  I am thankful to be able to walk alongside others as we each take our own journeys.

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