Mileposts–2010 turns to 2011

A year ago this week I was with my family in the tropical locale of Rio Dulce, Guatemala. We spent a few days with 24 family members in a beautiful house located on a river. We had a wonderful time. Unfortunately all nice vacations come to an end and we eventually had to make the trip back to the home town of Salamá. The trip is about 250 Kilometers or 153 miles. Our travel time, with various stops for heart of palm, pineapples, bananas, and ice cream, took over 5 hours. As I was a copilot in one of the five cars in the caravan I spent a lot of time looking for the kilometer stones (milestones for my American friends) along the way to track our progress. In Guatemala all the major roads have kilometer markers that track your distance from the capital. Sure, in America we have mile markers on our interstates, but in Guatemala they really are stones. There seems to be something more permanent and lasting about using stones and not some steel reflector sign like they have elsewhere. I started to think about milestones and how they mark the time of our lives.

From when a baby takes its first steps, to first words, to kindergarten, to college, to marriage, to the birth of our first child, to our 30th, 40th and 50th birthdays, we mark our lives with milestones. Some milestones we look at with joy and nostalgia, while others bring pause, reflection and regret. Often we look at the turning of the annual calendar as a time to mark our lives. We ask ourselves how successful we were in accomplishing our goals over the last year, or over the last ten years. Can we look at the coming mile stone of 2011 with joy and happiness and look back at a year well played out or will we look at it with regret for missed opportunities and lost chances?

In I Samuel 7 we read a story of when Samuel led the Israelites in battle against the Philistines. The people of Israel had turned away from God, but Samuel let them in a return to the Lord through a cleansing of false idols and false gods. They went to Mizpah to make sacrifices to the Lord. The Philistines attacked them there, God confused the Philistines and the Israelites were able to pursue and subdue the Philistines. At the point that the victory was theirs, Samuel erected a stone and named it Ebenezer, saying “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” Was this the first milestone? Probably not, but it is a reminder to us that we have opportunities in life to ask what are the names of the milestones we are leaving behind. Are they called Ebenezer – “Thus far the Lord has helped us?” Or do they symbolize something worse, “Thus far I have ignored the help of the Lord.”?

Why not look at the turning of the year as a means to begin to build a positive milestone? Why not take the opportunity to join us on our adventure to read through the Bible this year? Won’t you look forward to setting a positive milestone on December 31st, 2011 when you read the last chapter of Revelations?  Just a few minutes ago I am happy to say I passed this milestone with the reading of the last two verses of the Bible:

Revelation 22:20 – 21 (NLT)

20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

   Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.

Tomorrow I begin again in Genesis!

SIDE NOTE: The story of Samuel, the battle and the stone Ebenezer are in I Samuel 7 it will be read on May 15th on the modified straight through plan and on April 13th on the chronological plan.

About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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One Response to Mileposts–2010 turns to 2011

  1. Scott Brickert says:

    Does it taste like chicken?

    Congrats on completing a very large undertaking!

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