Take nothing for your journey. Luke 9:3
Occasionally I get on a frenzy to clear out the clutter and discard. I think de-junking life has spiritual value. Jesus told his disciples as they embarked on their first missionary journey, “Take nothing for your journey.” Luke 9:3. I consider myself in the last season of my life and want to rid myself of excess baggage that clutters up my life and prevents me from centering on life’s priorities.
When we moved to Arizona, I went through all the old calendars and day planners. I organized files on my computer labeling with years. I wrote in that year what we did before discarding the calendars. While sorting I came across this poem I had torn out of a two-year planning secretary. It meant something to me back in the 1980’s, and it touched my heart again today. A reminder to me on how I should live each day.
At Day’s End
by John Hall
Is anybody happier because you passed their way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to them today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone that will utter a kind word about you?
Can you say tonight, in parting, with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single person of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
Does the one whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
“You have earned one more tomorrow by the good you did today?”