Dr. Seuss had written many books over the course of his lifetime. I remember reading them as a child and during school. One of my favorite is a story of a person who has brains in his head and feet in his shoes and can choose where he wants to go. He can look at streets and look with care. He might run into dangerous streets or even places to wait. But the point is that there is a whole world out there to explore. We have the opportunity to choose where we go, what we do, what we see, and what we impact!
Oh the Places You Can Go, makes me think a lot about the opportunities that we have in this world. It also reminds me of the opportunities we have in our community around us and in our church family. In fact, Dr. Seuss is an encouragement to a lot of people and I think he can encourage us as Christians as well. There are a few different things he brings us to.
We have the whole world that God has given us to explore. God’s creation is out there. As Dr. Seuss points out, we have feet, brains, and the ability to choose where we go. That is a great gift from God that we don’t always think about. But as we travel through this land we can bring God’s word with us. As we travel we meet people we don’t know and people who might not know of Christ. We can tell our stories about life and share God through them. The way we behave also shows others how God is working in us. The end of Matthew tells us that it is up to us to spread the Gospel throughout the world (Matthew 28:16-20). As we go out we need to remember that nothing stands in our way if we choose to share God’s word as we go through the world.
We also have our communities. We don’t have to go far to share God’s word. In our towns there are lots of people who haven’t heard of Christ. Not only that, they are missing a big piece in their lives. Dr. Seuss mentions the streets that are dark that we might not want to adventure down. He even says they can be hard and there are bumps and bruises along the way. We have the opportunity to share the news to everyone around us. We can tell the story of love, patience, kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, and faith among many other things that the Bible tells about. These are things that the world takes away from us at times. When life is hard, it doesn’t point out the things that can help us the most. One of the greatest commands Jesus ever gave was about love (Matthew 22:36-40; John 13:34-35) and we can love our neighbors by going to them and sharing Jesus’ love and His story.
There is a big impact that we can make in this world. The biggest obstacle in our way is our own minds. We get in our ways and tell ourselves that it is too hard. When we get past our minds we can do many things like explore the world and share the story of Jesus. While we do this though, we need to remember what is important. The story isn’t about us. The story is about the Glory of God and what the Gospel means to the people of this world. It can be comforting to the sad, a map for the lost, encouragement for the struggling, a hug for someone who really needs it, healing for the hurt, and many more things. God gave us the whole world to share the Gospel with. What are we doing with it? How can you impact other people with the story of Christ? What can the Gospel mean for us in our times of need? With our minds set on Christ, where are the places we can go to bring the message of hope, love, forgiveness, a Savior, and more to the people who need it. Thank you to everyone who helped my family get here. I look forward to the places we all will go together.