“What if you could have a GPS for your life?” asks author and leadership coach Michael Hyatt.
Hyatt then relates a personal story of getting lost one time on a hike in the Colorado Rockies when he “got confused, and took the wrong path down the mountain.”
Fortunately Hyatt had a smart phone that picked up a signal and he was able to find his way back.
Michael makes the point that many hikers, especially men, don’t stop to figure out where they went wrong. They just keep “plowing head in the direction they were going, in the hope….that just around the corner they’ll see something they recognized.”
Hyatt draws the comparison that life is like that as well. It’s easy to get off track. To get lost. And to push ahead in the wrong direction. Getting further away from the right path. And creating a seriously dangerous situation.
It’s easy to get off on the wrong path in your business, your marriage, your finances and your health.
Hyatt develops and promotes products that are designed to provide clarity to life, improve your decision-making and set priorities that will help you proactively get back on the right path.
I read Michael Hyatt’s blog and have no doubt that his books, videos and seminars would serve as a useful life guide for success.
However, there is another GPS. A better one. An infallible one. A spiritual one. It’s Jesus.
Following Jesus’ last supper with the apostles, they leave the upper room and begin to walk across the Kedron Valley to the garden of Gethsemane. The mood is foreboding. The disciples sense something is going to happen. Their hearts are saddened. And their confusion is evident.
After promising them a place prepared by the Father where together they could dwell, Thomas admits, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, how can we know the way?”
Jesus’ response is emphatic. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus is “the way.” And He came to show us the way. The Bible calls it “the way of righteousness.” “The way of peace.” “The way of life.” “The way to God.” In fact, the book of Acts often calls Christianity “the way.”
Jesus told the apostles that when he returned to heaven, following his death and crucifixion, he would not leave them without direction. Their Advocate would be the Holy Spirit who would guide them “into all truth” (John 16:13).
The Spirit revealed the Word to the apostles. They recorded it. It has been preserved. And we have the Bible, God’s Word, to guide us. It’s our GPS to steer us accurately. And we become confused, get disoriented, get off the path and lost, this spiritual GPS will correctly redirect our journey.
Peter put it this way. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet 1:3-4).
Jesus, through the revealed Word, is our GPS for life. His directions will guide us morally. Keep us from straying in our marriage. Put us on the right path to healthy relationships. And give us a spiritual roadmap to successfully make the journey from earth to heaven.
If we follow His GPS, He will eliminate roadblocks and detours that frustrate us and leave us with the empty feeling of being lost. He will provide the right route, when the Devil seeks to sidetrack us.
His signal is strong. Ever present. Always beaming. And never wrong.
Ready to begin the journey? Or find yourself on the wrong path? Begin with the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). That will get you headed in the right direction.
Jesus. A GPS for life.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman