Our GPS in Life

In life, we’re always looking for direction. A lot of people have GPS now, whether it’s the TomTom or Garmin of old, or the latest phone app. “The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a spaced-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight” (Wikopedia).

GPS

We use this GPS to get from one spot to another. It gives us clear, visual and audible instructions on where to go. GPS is so precise it tells you when to turn left or go right and in how many miles right down to number of feet. It will even tell you what time you will get there based on your speed and traffic conditions. It will give you an alternate route based on construction or maybe you prefer back roads instead of the highway.

As we’re driving and following what the GPS is telling us to do, if we for whatever reason, take a wrong turn, the GPS, will say, “Recalculating” and give you the alternate route or at least instructions on how to turn around to get back on track.

We learn to trust our GPS and rely on it, never questioning it. Well, unless you’re a part of my family. Which reminds me of a funny story.

At Christmas, my mom, sister and niece are driving to Florida to meet up with other family. I took my Garmin (not updated since I bought it 7 years ago) and my sister took her TomTom because she had just updated it. So, we started off using mine which was already on the dash. We get to a certain point and Garmin is telling us to go a certain way. We started questioning it because it was taking us off the beaten path.

My sister lives in Kentucky, so if you know KY at all, it is filled with curves and hills. Garmin was taking us on some curvy back road. My sister got TomTom plugged in and now we have both sitting on the dash. Now we have two voices telling us what to do. That was a running joke, too, because Garmin’s female and TomTom’s male. We really didn’t know if we should listen to the male … ha-ha. We did end up using TomTom because he had more updated information.

Wouldn’t it be great if life was this easy?

Truth is, none of us get handed an instruction sheet on life. Mistakes will be made. We run into obstacles along the way. We make wrong turns.

But, you can recalculate your life. It is never too late.

Since, I’ve committed to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I still run into challenges in life, but instead of being obstacles, they are now milestones. Each challenge has made me who I am today. But, I had to make a conscious effort and re-evaluate the direction I was heading. I needed to learn to trust God. This is an ongoing process in my journey. It is in anybody’s walk with Christ.

This is the perfect scripture: “I shall hear a word behind me saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’ whenever I turn to the right or the left” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV).

There will be many voices in life telling you what direction to go. If you’re a child, you need to listen to your parents. They know more and prayerfully are being guided by God themselves. Husbands and wives need to be one with the Lord and make decisions together.

If you listen for his voice and direction, you never have to question the path He sets for you. He knew this path before we were even thought of. The wrong paths taken have been because He still gives us free choice, but He wants us to have a relationship with Him so we can make better choices on what direction to go.

He promises to guide us every step of the way. He loves us and wants us to reach out for Him. If we make a poor choice, He is there to help us pick up the pieces. If we follow Gods path the destination is eternal life.

My GPS in life is God Promises Salvation.

I’ve set my GPS and I’m heading North. If you need to recalculate your path, please read The Bridge to Salvation that is provided by my church, True Life Covenant. The pastors there would also be happy to answer any questions you may have. Stay tuned …

References:

Wikipedia. (n.d.). The Global Positioning System. Retrieved 08 21, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gps

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