Our Current Position
I’m pretty savvy now using my smart phone and of course, one of my favorite apps is MAPS. I love being able to find out where I need to go and how best to get there.
In using this app, I've noticed a particular process of the app. Whenever I open it up, the app will ask “OK to use your current position?”
Makes sense. How can the app tell me where to go unless it first knows where I am.
I don’t think we pay enough attention to this reality in our spiritual journeys. Too many times, especially at the beginning of a new year, we get excited about how we want to change things in our lives. We start talking about how great the new year is going to be and we simply forget where we are.
Or, we simply choose to ignore it.
But where you are is important.
And as MAPS reminds us, you can’t get to where you want to go until you understand where you are. Where we are, a lot of times, is pushing us to make the changes we want to make now. Where we are, most of the time, is not where we want to be. And while we don’t want to stay there, we don’t want to ignore some of the life lessons we can learn from right where we are.
Now, remember, this isn't a time to beat yourself up. It is a time, however, for honesty. Christ doesn't want you to go through this process to make you feel bad, but so that you gain wisdom and discernment from the place where you are.
The goodness and mercy of God means He can and will take the worst moments of our lives and use them for our good.
I know you’re eager to get to the future, but not so fast.
Do you know where you are?
Do you know the decisions that got you there?
What is that you can learn from where you are? (nothing is NOT a good answer!)
Sure, we all want to get to the new future, but to do so, we have to first know where we are.
Take a few moments and think about where you are right now.
What do you want to hang onto?
What do you need to let go of?
You won’t be able to move on until you understand where you are right now.