I came across the acronym ‘GPS’ for the first time last week. Now, I’ve had SatNav for ages. But that’s not really what I’m referring to (much though I love being told to, ‘Turn around where possible.’) According to ‘Bunny Trails‘ (sorry, I don’t know your name) GPS is actually:
I think she’s right. And I’ve been thinking about the tools I have available. In the car it’s a TomTom. And I have occassional recourse to Google Maps. I’ve also been known to use a street atlas but that generally resulted in getting lost as my map-reading is out of this world. When all else fails, I stop and ask for directions.
But what about my God Positioning System? I know what happens when I get lost spiritually. I get all bent out of shape. I romance ideas (and ideals) which just aren’t healthy and may be downright dangerous – a bit like going the wrong way up a one-way street. Has God given me a GPS?
I think He has. I have:
- My conscience. Now, I know it isn’t very well trained at present, but its purpose is to let me know when something’s wrong.
- Peace. If I’m going the right way then I have it. Again, this is something that requires training – a bit like updating your maps on a SatNav.
- The Bible. This is the map I’ve to use. If I train my conscience to check it then I’ll have peace.
- Prayer. Got lost? Don’t know where to turn? Pray with the Bible in your hand.
- Christians. It’s OK to stop and ask directions.
Now I just need to remember to use the tools. Why is that so hard to do? I’d never go out to visit a new Client without ‘Jane’ (the TomTom). So I guess I should never start my day without prayer and the Bible. Which reminds me – I was in such a bad mood when I got up this morning I didn’t make my Morning Offering …