Types of Travelers

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As we boarded our ship and took a quick tour of what’s onboard, two thoughts crossed my mind about the “passengers” – guests and crew. Their mentalities are very different. Guests embark to enjoy, to have fun. Aside from their tourism dollars, they leave little impact on the places they visit. They are consumers. The crew get onboard because that’s their job. They are workers. Many earn money to send home. They are producers. The ship’s maximum guests capacity is 4,222. The maximum # of crew is 1,378. The guests to crew ratio is therefore about 75% to 25%.

In many institutions, whether for profit or non-profit, there are also two types of people – 80% who account for 20% of results, and 20% who contribute 80% of accomplishments. That’s Pareto’s principle or the 80/20 rule, which is not far from the 75% to 25% above. The former use up much of the resources but contribute little. They are consumers. The latter account for the organization’s success. They are producers. Which type are you? In your church, are you a guest or a worker, a consumer or a producer? If not the latter, why not?

Pilgrimage definition

Pilgrimage definition

Even if we discount the crew, generally there are two types of travelers – tourists and pilgrims. Tourists travel for pleasure. They are vacationers, sightseers, and do not have a purpose other than visiting the places they like. Pilgrims, on the other hand, journey to a sacred place as an act of devotion. The places en-route are incidental, as their focus is on the final destination. That’s their purpose.

The Bible describes the Christian life as a pilgrimage:
• Gen 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.”
• Ps 84:5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

The world is not our home. We are only sojourners passing through, on our way to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Heb 11:10). That’s our purpose. Which one are you, tourist or pilgrim? If not the latter, why not? Think it through.

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