Years ago before I was a teacher, I worked in the golf business as an Assistant Golf Professional. Spending time in the golf shop assisting customers and giving golf lessons were my primary responsibilities. Sometimes, customers would come up with ridiculous requests and I received one such request at the end of my shift one day. A group of golfers had just arrived in town and needed some directions to the golf course. I found out where they were calling from and since they were only a mile away, I gave them simple directions to get to the course. The gentleman on the phone replied that he needed the address for his GPS because he didn’t think he could find the course.
Now, I won’t discuss how sad it is that people can’t go one mile without using their GPS. What’s even sadder is that many are sometimes oblivious to the path they’re on. We blindly trudge forward with no real sense of direction and wonder why we find ourselves in trouble sometimes.
Do you have a destination in mind that you’re heading towards? Are you aware of where you’re going and how you’re going to get there or do you let outside sources dictate your path? The most important question to ask is, What should we pursue? Paul gave great advice to Timothy when he said, “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:11-12). And how do we pursue such things? May I suggest you leave the GPS for something else and use the Bible as your instruction manual. You’ll find everything you need within those pages.