As I listened to the review of the train accident that took place near Philadelphia last year, it caused me to reflect on what it takes to be successful on the journey of life, especially as a leader. I have found that the journey of life is just like driving. It requires:
Focus on the road – This is true, not just about the train, but about all driving. One has to insist on one’s self to focus on the road.
Never to forget where one is going – The driver of that train was paying attention to news about another train in trouble and forgot what he was doing. This is the best conclusion, says the investigating team.
Being careful of distractions –One cannot pretend that the way ahead and all around is all straight and clear. There may be corners and debris on the road.
Not being too self-absorbed or self-centered – Often enough one can be so caught up with self that one does not think of others who need protection
Being responsible – One always needs to think about one’s responsibility to others on the road.
Learning how to take caution – One cannot go through life at the same speed; there are places to speed up and there are places to slow down.
Being disciplined to follow the laws and rules – There are certain laws in driving that if violated, are bound to create disaster. In the case of a train, it has to stay on the track. In the case of a motor vehicle, it needs to stay on the road. The rules of driving are also to be observed, for example, do not text while driving. No matter how experienced the driver, the laws and rules of driving apply.
That one cannot just depend on grace – This is an interesting thing for me, a person of faith to say, but I have learned if I am not ready to follow the laws and rules that grace will not always be on my side.
In effect, what is being stated is that people who are successful on a journey know how to effectively follow the principles that are necessary for success. When the Apostle Paul came to the end of his life’s journey he said, “ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7, 8 NKJV). Paul compared his journey to a race in the Olympic stadium, I have compared our life’s journey to driving a train or driving on the highway. However it is, wherever we are, whatever we are doing as a way to successfully complete our journey we need to make sure that we follow the right principles of operation.
The question for today is “How are you doing on your life’s journey?”