Back in my childhood days, compared to the other kids of my age, I really used to hate traveling. I can still remember arguing with my parents back in Grade 6 because I wanted to
Back in my childhood days, compared to the other kids of my age, I really used to hate traveling. I can still remember arguing with my parents back in Grade 6 because I wanted to stay at my grandma’s place during Christmas but they had planned for a two-week vacation in Europe for us. Of course, things started changing as I grew up. I learned that traveling is important in life, especially for people like me who spend most of their days sitting in front of the computer or those whose jobs require a lot of brainpower than physical work. For me, traveling isn’t only about visiting new places, exploring new cultures, unlocking new experiences of life and seeing the world as you have never seen before; it’s about taking a break from work, getting away from daily routine, forgetting about saving for retirement and enjoying your freedom. I’m sure you can probably list a thousand reasons why you should take a vacation.
Whether it’s for a wedding anniversary trip, a family vacation or a getaway to help with post-breakup depression, I’m sure you’ve already prepared a list of must-haves (sunscreen, travel journal, Pringles potato crisps chips, blister band-aids and a Stephen King novel are some of mine) and must-dos (I love to take pictures with the most unusual monuments or statues found in other countries). Only then can you really feel like breaking from “school” or “work.” But, if you are a firm believer and follower of Christ, like me, no matter where you are traveling to, you won’t be breaking away from your belief.
When you are a Christian, even if you are in romantic cities like Paris and Rome, your faith will matter more than just clicking photos on Instagram. Traveling might give you a sense of freedom from your daily life, but not from God.
Exploring new places while trusting and remaining close to God is an opportunity to see the world with your faith.
Pray While Traveling
“Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”
– From 1 Timothy 2: 8
”Watch ye therefore, and pray always.”
– From Luke 21: 36
You might be on a trip with a whole new world waiting for you to explore, but that doesn’t mean you should take a break from praying.
I always tell this to fellow believers: You don’t have to be in a church or wait for Sundays to pray. Prayer is a means of communicating with God. You don’t have to lift up your hands or speak aloud to communicate with your Father. It can be done silently in your heart also.
Your Commitment to God’s Word
When you travel, you want to meet new people, explore new cultures, taste new cuisine, learn more about the history and dive into the beauty of nature. I know it then becomes very hard to make time for Biblical scripture readings. However, this can act as a testing of your commitment toward God.
A test of commitment isn’t something you should fear, but rather embrace because it can make you stronger in faith.
If you don’t want the nature and beauty of travel to hold you back from doing the most important thing, I suggest you prepare a Bible reading plan or download a Bible study app.
Act Like Christ for Others
You might not be on a “mission trip,” but you can make it your own little mission to act like Christ with the locals.
Remember, wherever you go, you carry the presence of the Lord. So, remember this privilege and live your vacation by being the light in the darkness.