I Can't Live Without My GPS
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 don’t 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:
- We must know what our goals are: This is our destination.
- We must know our current situation: These are our coordinates.
- 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!