SGLY: Headed home

By Tiffany Chartier
Special to the Prosper Press

Driveways are nothing more than short roads. Specifically, they are private roads that typically part from a public way to a garage, house, or building. When you turn onto your driveway, you know you are almost home. In this truth, driveways are so much more than short roads.

At times, however, these short roads can feel much too long depending upon our vantage point. Houselights are often a welcoming beacon that warms us even before we pull into the drive. But watching the taillights of our child’s car as he drives away until his next visit can make our heart dip before we walk back into the house.

A different thought comes to mind when I think about the roads taken and those yet to be driven. So many variables influence our path. We are affected not only by our choices but by those around us. Often the condition in which we arrive and depart is based on much more than what we plan or even imagine. To put it simply, we live on God’s private property. He has the final say, and the driveway from here to Heaven is shorter than we think.

We are not called to be living lectures, but more like living prayers. Our society is keen to create chaos; we are to respond with patient and purposeful faith. But most importantly, we are to respond with and in love.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (I Corinthians 13:1).

As love leads, our vantage point once again changes. We have a kinder acceptance of the frailty of life and the sustaining nature of Christ. He is our welcoming beacon regardless of the intensity of the darkness that may shadow the road. We are liberated from the control of chaos and the unknown as we continue to draw nearer to Jesus Christ. His light alights upon us, and we cannot help but become living lanterns — people who have been so transformed by His grace that we cannot help but live as changed people — as lights for Christ.

I pray in advance of each new day that I am more of a fountain than a drain. I pray that I invest in others with a heart that is centered in His will above my own. And I pray that people find comfort in my company, leaving more encouraged not because of my doings, but because of His impact upon me and in me. Just remembering who I am in Christ and who I am without Christ is motivation to be gentler to myself and others.

Where is your focus today? Ask God to point out where your perspective is skewed. Put God’s reputation before your own. Allow Him to lead you, encourage you, and uphold you. As a Believer once said, “Every day we live brings us closer to Christ.” We are headed home, and the road is short. May we travel as ambassadors of His grace and share His light and love today.

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier; Instagram:@tiffanysgly; and Twitter: @tiffanychartier. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Texoma Marketing and Media Group.