Friday, January 15, 2016

The Monarch Migration Badge

"Congrats on earning your Monarch Migration Badge" the email read. Fitbit was notifying me that I had walked a lifetime total of 2,500 miles, the same distance as the Monarch butterfly's migration.

2,500 miles is quite a distance. Could a butterfly survive a trip that long? No. As it turns out, they can't. 

Every year, when temperatures begin to cool, the Monarch butterfly begins its annual migration toward Mexico and Southern California. (Most Monarchs in the U.S. head toward Mexico.) 

The traveling butterflies begin their migration, but no individual Monarch makes it. The first Monarch begins the migration, lays eggs that hatch, mature, and continue the journey. It is the fourth generation Monarch that arrives at the overwintering site. 

The initial migrant Monarch begins a journey it will never complete. 

The destination is not the point of the journey. Survival of the species is the objective. In a way, the "point" of the Monarch's life is to complete their portion of this incredible relay for survival. If the butterfly does its part, and the next butterfly does its part, and the next, the goal will be accomplished. Survival will be insured.

It's all about the journey.  

In a way, the life of a disciple is much the same. We, too, are on a journey of obedience that must be completed. We know, and will reach, our destination, but if we fail to fulfill our role in the body of Christ, fail to reproduce our faith along the way, the cause of Christ will be seriously jeopardized.

Every one of us in the body of Christ must do our part for the purposes of our Lord to be accomplished. No single individual is more important that anyone else, but every person is vital to the proper function of the body of Christ.

Our journey is not a success when we bask in the spotlight. Our journey is a success when we work together to give Christ "center stage". 

"For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 nasb)

Today, let's take a close look at our own lives. Are we, like the Monarch, living for the greater good, or only for ourselves? Are we making a difference that will be felt for generations to come?

We were created to be more than we know. We were intended to be a vital part in the Kingdom of God.

Let us not live as those who cling to this world. Instead, let us live as those who are on a journey toward an eternal destination, because that's exactly who we are.
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In case you missed one of this week's posts, here are the links:  The Potential for HeritageDoes God Know When I Will Die? Part 1Does God Know When I Will Die? Part 2How to Live LongerIs Longer Life Worth the Cost of Obedience?The Changing of Our Culture: Physician Assisted Suicide, and The Opportunity in Trials.

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