Know where you’re going? Know how to get there? Know how long it’s gonna take?
All good questions. And all necessary questions to ask as we walk life’s road. This journey is full of ups and downs, ins and outs, overs and unders. Well, you get the point.
It’s been said that “Life’s a journey, not a destination”. I enjoy taking road trips, hikes and the like. However, I sometimes will get so hung up on getting there (we need to be at point A by 10:15, point B by 11:53, lunch, then point C by…), that I miss some of the beauty along the way. That’s when it’s handy to have kids; they help me enjoy the view. But is it not equally, if not more important to know that the way we are going is in the right direction? It is true that some detours may be of good benefit and altogether unavoidable, but what if you stayed off course by only a few degrees? In a short time you could be off your mark by maybe a whole mile. In a few days you could be off hundreds of miles. It’s important to know the “way” you are going.
The Gospel of Luke provides a good “polar-north” for us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all our strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
There’s an activity that my family enjoys doing: geocaching. It gives us good exercise, great family-time, opportunity for one-on-one conversations, fresh air, and maybe a new trinket. We use a handheld GPS unit with latitude/longitude coordinates and go off in search of the “treasure”. Sometimes there’s clues, but mostly we just have a direction and a distance to our destination.
One of the most interesting things I’ve learned about this activity is that for the GPS to work, you have to be moving. Yeah, maybe even moving in the wrong direction. But if you’re paying attention to your navigational device, you’ll see that your direction is in need of correction.
That’s true in life too. As we live our lives, we need to keep surveying our bearings by using our other GPS, the Bible.