I was walking through this beautiful train station in Nashville and began to think about the trains coming through.
What are they carrying? Where are they going?
In the Metropolitan area of New Jersey and New York, I mainly see commuter trains, but here it looks like lots of cargo trains.
The loud whistles rang in our ears as we walked through the briliant old station.
I realized we all have one strong commonality. As a train or a human being, we all carry cargo. We are filled and going somewhere to drop off what is inside of us.
I think its super important to realize what our cargo is: Negativity? Gossip? Joy? Unity? Peace? Love? Hatred? Encouragement?
Whether we like it or not, we are going to drop off our cargo and leave each station either better or worse off than before.
This means we have to be careful what is inside of us and what we allow on board. I generally believe its less about the “type” of people around us, and more about allowing God to fill us with with His well of truth, peace, love, joy, hope, and serenity. When I try in my own strength to love people better, I never achieve my goal. But when I see how God loves us, it ushers in true, strong love that I can pass on to others. When God fills our train cars with characteristics that are from His never ending strength, we have the ability to change the atmosphere around us.
Of course its important to realize toxic situations and perhaps get yourself out, but I believe a lot of times we just need God to fill our train cars with His cargo.
Looking toward the fall, getting back to a strict schedule, getting back to school, starting over in so many ways, I want to drop off cargo that encourages and leaves the station better than before.