I am on my way to Mexico, and for a few hours I will be at the Houston Airport, in Texas, waiting for my next flight.
As I am sitting at a little table in the food court I see a lot of people going by and I wonder where they are going and why.
Not that I need to know. It is just a mental exercise as I take a break from the presentation I am preparing to deliver when I get there.
Some of them are easy to guess, as they stroll confidently in their airline uniforms, or airport working clothes (well, this last group may not be strolling that confidently, maybe dragging themselves around would be more appropriate).
But what about everyone else?
I just saw a huge man walking alone carrying a very small, colorful back pack. Either he lost his child, or he has a very questionable fashion taste.
Some are carrying big winter coats, telling me they are probably coming from or going to the North, since it is pretty mild here today (but it is not going to last long, there is a snow storm coming this way – I’d better get out of here today).
I see business men in their suits, talking on cell phones, as if they were going to the Middle East to negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and Iran.
From where I sit I can see the display showing all the departures. Four flights are going to Las Vegas, so possibly some of the people passing by are going there to gamble their hard earned money.
Our short term mission team comes to my mind. Just a few days ago they were crossing airports on their way to Cambodia.
I see a lady that might be coming from the restroom, judging from the piece of toilet paper stuck to her heel.
The tanned couple has to be coming from somewhere further South of here. They seem happy.
Where is everybody going? Why?
Last summer I read the book “Don’t Waste Your Life”, by John Piper.
It made me question “What am I doing with my life? Where am I going?”
I know where I am going today and I know where I am going when I finally leave this planet, but the question is about the in between.
Will I be leading a significant life? A life that impacts other lives?
I believe that so far I have done that to a degree, but I want to remain aware of God’s purpose for my life. To be where He wants me to be.
It is so easy to get trapped in the daily activities and forget purpose.
Where are you going?