Where are you going? It's an interrogative phrase used every day but in
this essay it has a deeper meaning. The question isn't about the plans
you have for college or your career, what color car you'd like or how many
kids you want, it's about what path you're going to choose and who you're
going to follow. Unfortunately, we don't think about it often enough, if
~ Everyone sets before them their own path. Some do it unknowingly while others do it with the greatest of care and consciousness. Most of us are somewhere between the two extremes. Those baptized into God's family should be in the process of abandoning their old paths and traveling down the "straight and narrow." In our years of being teenagers and young adults, we make a lot of decisions, indirectly or directly, about what path we set in front of our feet. The paths we choose, the conscious and un-conscious decisions we make and our awareness of the future impact our lives so much. It's so important that we not ride through life but take deliberate and God-centered steps.
~ I know each of us have friends or family members that are making choices that seem so obviously unintelligent to us. We just want to shake them and yell, "What are you thinking??" Sometimes I just can't understand why someone would do something so harmful to themselves. But we all do it, at one point or another in our lives. We lose our focus; we advert our gaze and off go our feet, down the embankment into the ditch where we'll probably trod for a while till something gets our attention. It's human nature and that's in all of us. I guess it should discourage me but it only makes me want to shout out to my friends all the more. Where are you going? Will our path's cross or run parallel or are we looking in totally different directions? More importantly, are our paths following that of Christ's?
~ Here are a few scriptures that really got my attention on this subject.
~ Proverbs 12:15 "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice." When we're on the inside it can be so hard to see things in a clear light. Don't reject your friends and family when they're trying to help and certainly don't reject God when He's trying to talk to you.
~ Proverbs 14:22 "Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness." Planning is so important. Not planning goodness is just planning evil indirectly.
~ Proverbs 16:2 "All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord." Often times we really don't believe we're doing any wrong or doing any hurt to ourselves but we must look at things through God's eyes.
~ Proverbs 19:3 "A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord." Blaming God won't help you overcome in the slightest. It only works against you. Remember we all have the free will to accept or reject God's promises; it's not his fault if you reject them.
None of us are traveling the perfect path but encouraging one another and
putting up road signs can really help.
Excerpted from More Than That January, 2004