Thursday, March 30, 2006

I'm not lost. Just misplaced

Have you ever noticed that guys are incapable of being lost? It's true - we have an uncanny sixth-sense of locale awareness. To even suggest that we might not know where we're at is grossly offensive. Besides, stopping for directions is a sign of weakness. We might not always know where we're going, but we always know where we're at. Well, there was that one time when Jessica and I were driving from Nebraska to Kansas and somehow ended up in Iowa, and then there was the time where we were driving from Delaware to Pennsylvania and somehow ended up in Maryland, and then there was the time... oh, okay, so some guys manage to take wrong turns from time to time. But we're never lost! At least, never lost when it comes to driving.

The feeling of being lost is not fun. You feel like you're going along aimlessly, never really sure where it is that you're going, and hoping for something, anything, that is familiar. We can become lost in our relationship with God just as well - that is the absolute worst feeling. It often happens slowly but surely. Satan somehow manages to erode our relationship little by little, and every day we become a little more lost until we wake up one day and are completely disoriented, completely separated from God.

It starts with the little things - maybe I'll download that mp3, maybe I'll not let that person in traffic out of spite, maybe I'll skip church today, maybe I'll look at that one site. It can spiral pretty fast from there and we end up doing things we know we would never do if we were strong in our relationship with God.

We need to be strong in the Lord always. We need to stand firm, remain strong, and keep close guard against Satan, especially with the little things. Otherwise, we will become lost - or, if you're a guy, take a wrong turn.

Here are some Bible verses for encouragement to always be strong:

-Deuteronomy 4:9 (The message) "Make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don't forget anything of what you've seen. Don't let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you've seen and heard to your children and grandchildren."

-Proverbs 4:23 (The message) "Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts."

-Matthew 24:44 (NIV) "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him"

The good news is that we don't have to stop for directions if we become lost in our relationship with God.. we can simply turn the car around and surround ourselves with God. The Bible is our roadmap, God is our compass, and we can follow Him all the way to Heaven.

-Ben

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