Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

TRAVEL! Vol 14 No 9

March 4, 2015

Dear Friend,

Once I was in a bit of a complaining mood after traveling a lot when I received a flash of insight upon realizing my Lord was saying to me, “This is what I have you doing. Get over yourself!” Mollified, I quit being irritable about it. Soon afterward I opened the New Testament and the very first words my eyes fell on were, “Jesus traveled!”
Last week I left home and rode in a car to Dulles Airport, flew on a plane to La Guardia Airport, took a New York City yellow cab to my lodging, walked a quarter of a mile and hopped the train to a restaurant!

Five modes of transportation and all along the way I saw all sorts of people. Could I have known of their personal lives, they would have been the very kind of people Jesus saw with his “people eyes” when he, “had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”  Matthew 9:36.* 

The word “harassed” has the meaning of worn down – hassled – just plain worn out. The word “helpless” carries the sense of thrown down –  knocked over – in a world of hurt.

As you travel about your day, whether walking, driving or using any other mode of transportation put on the people eyes of Jesus and be aware of the people with you on the journey. Offer a quick prayer, a warm smile, be a conduit of the love of Christ through you to the world around you! 

Joy to you - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2015 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NRSV