Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Internal GPS

If there is anyone more directionally challenged than my wife it would be me.  On our third date we got lost in a parking lot, we couldn’t find our way out.  Based on that confession you would wonder why I of all people would have the audacity to question our Garmin GPS.  Because it has been wrong, because it doesn’t seem to know my right from my left, because I paid huge bucks for upgraded maps and got nothing upgraded and it has a degrading way of telling me that it is recalculating because I missed a turn.

Sorry for that rant, I just felt I needed to tell someone.  This example however reminds me that my internal GPS, the one that tells me where to go and how to get there is not always reliable either.  The following guidelines were offered by Mary May Larmoyeux of Family Life.

1.    Overconfidence is not a good thing. "Pride goes before destruction." Proverbs 16:18.  Until I became more mature (defined as so old my pride was gone) I hate to admit it but even though I was lost I would never stop and ask for directions.  Men tend to treat marriage counseling or finding a mentor couple the same way.  Even though they are aware that things are not right they are not willing to stop and ask for help.

2.    You will reap the consequences of your actions.  Thus says the Lord God: Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, you yourself must bear the consequences ..." Ezekiel 23:35

3.    God wants us to follow all of the directions that He gives for life (His Word). "So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God." Numbers 15:40.  Perhaps since the Bible is not arranged by topic most guys assume that they couldn’t find a specific verse to help them even if they tried.  However as the author of the instruction manual for human beings and their relationships we would do well to seek His will.

4. It's never too late to turn around. "Tormented and empty are wicked and destructive people, but the one who trusts in the Eternal is wrapped tightly in His gracious love.." Psalm 32:10 (The Voice)  One of the greatest privileges that comes with being a Christian is that no matter how bad things get or no matter how much we screw up (that is a theological term I learned in a locker room) God is willing and able to make all things work together for good.  There is no disease He can’t heal, no sin that Christ’s blood hasn’t covered, and no circumstance that God can’t use for His ultimate purpose.


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