Life on the road is a curious thing. It can feel completely the same and completely different, fully new and utterly old, all at the same time. It's a good thing in my life.
My view is a lot different out here. I don't have all the distractions of home. My entire focus is bringing a message of hope to young people and the adults who speak into their lives daily.
Most of the time I travel with a team (The times I travel alone form a completely different experience...I'll save that story for another day). Our team is a special group. We all come from different worlds, surrounded with our own joys and complications. At this point it's a well oiled machine. But, trust me, it took time, work, experience, and patience. Each one of us has a very strong personality, with our own gifts, biases, and agendas. Yet the differences are the reason it all works. See, all these variables come together to make the one thing, the one goal we have in common, stronger. This team, these people, all want to bring hope and light to those we encounter on the road. That's why it all works. This is the intersection where differences and vision come together to create action and change. Our own agendas are secondary to our shared purpose. We want to see people live more peacefully, with less violence, hate, hurt, and strife. We believe each and every soul we encounter has a purpose, even if they don't know it yet.
And this is why the road is a good place to be. Sometimes I grow tired. At times, I'm downright exhausted. But, the payoff is worth it. I get the absolute honor and privilege to help facilitate the changing of lives. Even on my worst days, when my attitude isn't right, I still get to share words that may grip someone's heart, cause inspiration, shift a view, or even alter a life's course. Wow. I am blessed. And, without a doubt, I am absolutely amazed, amazed beyond understanding.
So today, as we drive away from another event in a small town most people will never hear of, I am whispering thanks here in the backseat. How can I not?
Oh, and the best part is yet to come. You see, now I get to wonder when I will hear the first amazing story from this little community. And, believe me, I will. I always do.