As delivered at BBC Radio Bristol this morning:
To get from A to B we live in privileged times. Walk, horseback, cycle, drive, bus, train, fly.
In the 1980s Back to the Future movies did you notice? The future anticipated in the second film was set in 2015. Next year. Got your hover-board working yet Steve?
To travel from A to B it depends if you want to enjoy the journey. To go on holiday I will be flying. To get to another city I take the train. To reach the studio in the morning I take the car. To access the centre of Nailsea from home, I walk.
Jesus told his followers, for whom the fastest mode of deliberate travel was horseback, that when they went out to speak of God's Kingdom they should greet no-one on the way. Slows you down, that does. But when welcomed they should accept hospitality and relax. He said he was sending them like lambs amongst wolves, which may have added something to their pace. Anyway West Brom supporters enjoy saying that the Bible tells us to hate the wolves.
Sometimes we just need to get there. Arriving is important. On other occasions we enjoy travelling. Embrace the excursion.
Life is a journey. It has urgent bits and relaxing bits. Don't forget to notice you are travelling. And of course try to know where you are going (beat) ultimately.
How do you get from A to B? Well it seems as if for 350 lucky winners, including Jonathan from the studio here, the quickest way from the top of Park Street to the bottom is going to be by water slide. Faster than Marti's hover-board (beat) as long as they don't obey the traffic lights and do avoid the pot-holes.