As a military family, one perk of transferring was being tourists in each new location. In Alaska we hiked mountains, fished, saw whales and bears, and visited glaciers. After moving to Washington D.C., we took family pictures in the Rose Garden, Mount Vernon, every monument (multiple times), and numerous battlefields. Moving to California meant we explored places like Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, and all of southern California’s theme parks.
Now that we’ve left military life and settled down, it’s easy to get stuck in a comfortable routine of “been there, done that.” Most cities recognize that most citizens succumb to this, so they offer a “tourist in your own town” promotion. For free or reduced rates, you explore the town to remember how many good things there are to be found among the familiar.
It’s easy to take a “been there, done that” attitude when we hear old familiar Bible stories too. This is why we need to do a “tourist in my own Bible” promotion. Look with fresh eyes and rediscover the many good things among the familiar. Appreciate how each of these good stories led to the greatest part of the story: Jesus.
Rediscover the truth that “the word of God is alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12). Then close the book, being even more in awe of our God, who will take us to heaven where we will not be tourists but eternal residents.
Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker. Her voice is heard regularly through her writing and blogging for Time of Grace. She is married to Greg, and they live in Wisconsin with their three active children.
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