Activating the GPS of Your Life

Why wander around aimlessly in life when you have access to a GPS?

 

 

Perhaps one of the greatest technological advances in the last 50 years has been the development of the GPS ( Global Positioning System). Wikipedia describes the GPS as a space-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 to four or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil and commercial users around the world.

At one time or another, just about all of us have made use of one of today’s modern GPS devices. My wife Janet and I own a Garmin GPS device that we have used many times in our travels to various places in the United States. Our GPS has paid for itself many times over by saving us time and time again from driving wasted miles in the wrong direction, searching aimlessly for a destination that we had never traveled to before. I myself tend to be a little bit directionally challenged, as my wife would probably attest to. Therefore for me, having a GPS is a priceless commodity.

Of course, there are other ways to obtain help in navigating your travels. Prior to purchasing a GPS, when my wife and I were preparing to drive to a vacation destination, or simply visit a place locally that we had never been to, I would often go online and do a mapquest. That usually worked out ok, but I later found the GPS to be much easier and much more reliable.

Both the GPS and the mapquest approaches to finding the way to your destination have one similarity. Both approaches require that the user first establish their current location. Once the current location is established, both systems can establish the best possible route to get to your desired location. The process all starts with establishing where you are. Until you establish where you are, a route to determine the best way to get to your destination cannot be established. 

Navigating our way through all the unpredictable twists and turns in life really works much in the same way. In order for us to determine the best route to take in our journey of life, we first have to establish where we are. In order for any of us to reach our full potential, and to attain the greatness that lies dormant within us, we have to honestly assess where we are in life. We have to know where our starting point is. Often times, it is painful to be honest with ourselves in evaluating our situation, but it is vital in order for us to make progress. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. Too often, people go through life in denial, never being honest with themselves about their own weaknesses, deficiencies, and needs to improve. You will find peace not in denial, but in being honest with yourself. I once read a quote by the American author Richard Bach that said, ” The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we’re afraid.”

One of the best examples of departing from a life of denial is found in what we know as ” The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.” Anyone that has ever successfully gone through the AA program has had to first admit his or her problem. The first of the twelve steps of the AA program reads, ” We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.” For many in life, regardless of what you are trying to gain victory over, or what problem you are facing, this step is crucial. We must first admit our failures before we can journey toward a better life. About four years ago, my wife and I had to take an honest look at our financial situation and accept the fact that we had been very irresponsible with our finances, which resulted in us amassing an enormous amount of debt. Once we stopped denying our mistakes regarding our finances, we were able to begin to take actions to journey towards a far better financial situation. Over the last five years, we have been able to eliminate all of our debts other than our mortgage. Looking back, the amount of debt we have eliminated is mind-boggling. We will consider our mission accomplished when we no longer have a mortgage payment. Our desire is to be 100% debt free! But, it all started with us being honest about our current “location” in life. It was only then that we could start our journey and be certain that we were headed in the right direction.

Going back to the use of my GPS, I must admit that I don’t fully understand how it all works. I simply know that when I turn it on, and I enter in my desired location, that it calculates the best route for me to take. Because it has always managed to get me where I wanted to go, I have learned to trust what it tells me. I may not understand how it works, but I trust it! I have found in life that once I establish where I am, and where I want to go, if I place my trust in God, He works the same way! I may not always understand how he works, or the path that he is leading me down, but I do know that just like my GPS, He has never failed me. In the Bible in Proverbs 3: 5-6 it says ” Lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

I’m a firm believer that God has a distinct plan and a purpose for everyone’s life. If we want to be truly happy in life, we have to seek God’s direction. He never makes mistakes. Our goal in life should be to grow and become all that we were meant to be. I am not keen on the idea of going through this journey we call life without a sense of direction or purpose. As for me, I have chosen to make God the GPS of my life. I know that if I trust him, He will safely get me to where I need to be. I urge you to do the same. Why wander aimlessly when you don’t have to? First, establish where you are, then determine where you want to be. Once you do that, activate God as the GPS of your life. He will always lead you on the route that is best for you!

Thanks for Reading!

Until Next Time,

Mark

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