The Journey – Deny Yourself and Take Up Your Cross
On My way home from work on June 29, 2012 (Friday) I passed a young man carrying a cross. I first saw the church van with a note Caution The Journey. As I passed by, I saw a young man and two other men walking down the street. The one young man was carrying a cross. I was like this is neat. It reminded me of the movie The Cross, a story about Arthur Blessitt who carried a cross just like this one across the world.
I was on my way home, I was in New Market heading toward Jefferson City, I was going to go home then to Bible Study. So I turned around, passed them, turned around again and pulled off to a side street and waited for them to get near me. Once they got closer I stopped and asked to take a picture of them and ask some questions. So they allowed me to take a picture. They even took a few pictures and posted it on their churches Facebook page, Oasis Church.
New Market, TN is a town between Knoxville, TN and Jefferson City, TN. He was just past the Strawberry Plains area just inside the New Market area.
They were on Highway 11E (Andrew Johnson Highway) close to New Market. They were heading toward Jefferson City for the night.
While talking to this young man, I found out his name is Junior Garcia. This 19-year old started in Saginaw, Texas on June 7, 2012. He is going to end in Washington, DC (District of Columbia) on July 13, 2012. Junior is carrying a 12-foot cross on a 37 day, it is a 1,380-mile journey to the nation’s capital. He was on his way to his next rest stop for the night, Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Junior also told me he got to talk to Arthur as well.
I believe this is so inspirational to see this young man to do this. Do physically take up his cross, as well as spiritually take up his cross. Just think of the numerous of witnessing he can do while doing this wonderful mission.
Taking up the cross is denying yourself. That means not asking selfish and putting God’s needs first.
I am glad that I got to stop, talk and see this young man. Please keep their journey on your prayers. As he is facing extreme heat conditions this weekend. We are getting record highs today and for this weekend.
I went onto Bible study to share what went on. It turned out that I got to lead the study tonight. They guy that normal does it, his wife had a death in the family and they had to go take care of that. We all were already at their house. Since I want to be a youth minster, he let me take over and do. I haven’t done a sermon or Bible study since I was a teenager in Scouts where I was the Chaplain’s Aide a lot of the times. Can you guess what I talked about tonight? I share this story and read the passage in Mark 8:31-37 and Mark 9:1. These scriptures talk about Jesus predicts his death and also The Way of the Cross.
I think we should allow Junior to be an inspiration to all of us. We should be more like this when we go to witness to other people. We should set aside our desires, our wants etc and put God above all things. Doing this take great courage, discipline, dedication, desire, determination and much more. We need more men and women in the world who will stand up for God! Who will show what our Savior Jesus Christ did for us.
A Prayer Service will be held July 13, 2012 when Junior arrives in Washington, DC at the White House.
So please keep The Journey team in our prayers and God Bless this team, keep them safe and a great journey. Thanks Junior for your dedication to serving our Lord.
If you haven’t seen the movie The Cross you should watch this movie. It is inspirational as well. If you are not a Christian the time is today to be saved. We never know when Jesus will come back again. It could be a second from now and it could still be years from now. Christ died on the Cross for our sins so we can have everlasting life. (See John 3:16)
Junior inspired me because I thought about doing a walk around the United States sometime. Doing a walk for Christ. Plus, I like walking and got out of walking here lately. He has inspired to me to start walking more again. With my previous job I was use to walking 10 miles a day. Now with the new job I have I barely get 2 miles a day total. Plus, Junior has inspired me to be a better example. We need more Christians today willing to take a stand, someone who is not ashamed of God and ashamed they worship and praise Him.
Did you get to meet up with Junior or see Junior along his travel?
If so when and where? Tell me about your experience!
Added July 2, 2012 at 22:26.
Junior walks an average of 30+ miles per day with the 12 foot cross. He walks from 8 am to 5 pm daily. On Sunday mornings he faithfully attends a church service. (I was thinking if I did something similar, I would stop at a near by church for worship on Sunday morning. I am glad to know that is what he does.)