Activating that GPS

This week let’s continue with last week’s theme on direction and not only direction as to where we might be heading on a trip with the car… but relating it to direction in our life. In our look at it last week we focused mainly on our need to seek direction. This week let’s take a look at another rather important aspect of finding the right directions in life!!

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Today we have at our fingertips any number of wonderful devices (tools) to go to in order to set our path straight on the direction we need to take as we head out on a trip into an area that we are unfamiliar with. We can simply go to our smart phones and use our google maps (or whatever app you prefer), and not only have it show us but speak to us and give us step by step instructions as we go. ¬¬¬¬Recently, however I have been on a couple of trips and found out that my smart phone wasn’t being so smart and actually seemed confused … to the point I actually ended up heading in a wrong direction from our destination. I was getting a bit panicky and so I followed a similar pattern as I introduced in last weeks post… I asked my wife to help out. Now, mind you in this scenario we were in a spot where we had a fairly quick choice we were faced with. This choice could have us going out of our way even much more than we already had done. So I was pushing her fairly hard to get us a quick decision on her “smart” phone. We actually ended up having to make an educated guess, and it turned out to be the choice that had us staying the course.

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I wonder how that looks in life when faced with these kind of life altering choices? What can we learn about directions and how do we become more adept at making choices that have us going in the right direction. Listen to these words from Psalm 143… one of the psalms of David.

7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

As men who are called to be servant leaders God has given us tools to find direction in our own lives… which absolutely translates into leading our families in that same direction. But we can’t simply tap into a gps system that will give us step by step instructions. Like David, how will we as men be able to put our trust in the One who shows us the way.

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One of the war cries of the men’s ministry movement that I have been privileged to be a part of is this… godly men become so in the presence of other godly men!!! It is interesting to note at the end of Proverbs in the 31st chapter in a section that talks about women of noble character that their husbands would fall into this category of godly men…

Her husband is respected at the city gate,
                                   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.                                                       Proverbs 31:2

I believe these are the men that can act as the gps for other men… but, of course, an investment in time is needed and these gps systems (also known as sages, elders, or maybe seasoned veterans) need to be activated in our church families, families, communities and our world!!

Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

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