Daily Devotions

I Can't Live Without My GPS

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

I read a story recently about a male who got lost at sea. All was going well, when all of a sudden he realized, “The GPS is dead! Ordinarily it wouldn’t have been a serious problem, accept Murphy’s Law was at work. At that very moment, the entire area was covered in the thickest fog he had ever encountered.

Looking at a map didn’t help him a bit because, while he knew the coordinates of his destination, he didn’t know the coordinates of his present position. Without knowing his present coordinates, he was unable two calculate a course that would bring him safely to his destination.

The sailor proclaimed, “This made me realize a very simple, but crucial principle: if I dont know where I am, then I can never reach the place where I am going. Wow, what a profound statement. If we don’t know where we are in life, how can we know where we are going? In order to avoid getting lost along life’s journey, we must remain clear of three facts:

  1. We must know what our goals are: This is our destination.
  2. We must know our current situation: These are our coordinates.
  3. The path that connects our coordinates to our destination: This is our path.

Most of us set out on our journey, before we set our goals, and determine what we want from life. When we make this mistake, we never make it to our destination. Without knowing where we are going, we cannot set our coordinates, and we will certainly be left adrift. Our path is often foggy. Without the goals to lead us, we will spin around in circles and fail to make it to anywhere.

Today, spend some time reflecting on your life decisions and the goals you are still focusing on. If you are struggling to come up with goals, you need to make those self-evident or you will lose your way. Finally, turn these reflections into a moment with God, because even with the best goals, if God is not invited along for the ride, you will remain adrift. Just a little self-reflection and your eternal destination will be assured, whether your GPS breaks along the way, or not!

A Stolen Life

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It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63)

A number of years ago, a tough guy who sounded like an Italian mob boss stereotype, called Jill and threatened her, that if she didn’t address the bankruptcy of her marketing company in Rochester, New York, she would be in trouble. Once the scary man was persuaded that Jill was a nurse and I was a pastor, and neither one of us had ever even set foot in the state of New York, he became a kind support. 

After a couple years of fear and threats, it appears that a large bank corporation employee in the state of Virginia – again, a place we’ve never been – accidentally mistyped someone else’s Social Security number. The mistaken Social Security number just happened to be Jill’s. To this day, the corporation refuses to acknowledge their mistake, but we’ve not had further problems, so we assume the bank fixed the situation internally.  

It is hard for me to describe the feelings of utter helplessness. It is incredibly fear inducing that a simple typo, from some unassuming administrative person, could possibly steal your life and future. As our technology continues to advance, the reality of identity theft continues to become more commonplace. Worse, it isn’t just our Social Security number or credit cards that can be stolen. 

Hospitals are now getting hacked. If you’ve had genome testing, that information may not be safe. I just read about the hackers wanting to steal genetic information from patients as a means of blackmail, and other means of manipulation. Now, immoral individuals have the means to steal not only our money, but our physical identity.

As we become more vulnerable in this society of ours, the one thing no one can steal is our spiritual identity. God cannot be taken from us. We can give our faith away through bitterness or neglect, but it cannot be stolen. Ask God to care for you as thieves often attack. Perhaps it is time to embrace the one thing no one can take away. Ironically, it is the most valuable thing you can ever own: your soul. 


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