Just outside Bryson City, NC, is a beautiful highway called by locals, "The Road to Nowhere." It is what is left of an aborted attempt to create a highway between Bryson City and Townsend, Tennessee. Environmental concerns caused the cessation of the project. Those who travel the road tell of how beautiful the scenery is and how smooth the highway is, but it simply comes to an end. Some people may find some temporal joys in this life. They may even have their share of pleasure. Eventually they must ask, "Am I going anywhere?" If we have no sense of purpose and meaning, we are on a road to nowhere.

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Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.