Check Your Bearings


A ship doesn’t sail in a straight line… and we don’t live in straight lines, either.

Ships do not sail in a straight line. Wise captains are constantly adjusting their course to counter the effects of the winds and currents.

Cars do not travel in a straight line. Good drivers are constantly making small steering adjustments to counter the pull of the road and yes, even the wind. Notice your hands the next time you drive. Your hands are constantly reacting to the outside forces that try to push or pull your car off its course.

We do not live in straight lines. Our lives are constantly pushed and pulled by family demands, professional expectations, and cultural norms. If we are wise, we’ll be aware of this and be prepared to make the subtle, but crucial, course corrections necessary to keep our lives on track.

How do we do this?

Through worship and prayer. Worship is the moment we lift our eyes to remind ourselves of our destiny. We do not travel to a place. We journey toward a Person. Our goal is to move ever closer to God and ever deeper into the mystery of Who He is. Without the frequent reminder of worship, we’ll wander hopelessly off course regardless of how well intentioned we might be.

Prayer is the moment where we make the required course adjustments to our lives by confessing our failures and committing again to the love we have for Christ. While each moment may be small and seemingly insignificant in and of itself, left uncorrected, these small drifts will take us years away from our desired destination—the heart of God.

So, stop a minute and check the bearings of your soul. Are you headed in the right direction? What has to change to get you back on course? Make them now before a minor course correction becomes a major changing of direction.

A ship doesn’t sail in a straight line…and we don’t live in straight lines either. Check your bearings.

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