life beyond the well…

Know Your Destination. Check Your Directions.

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There’s not much that I hate more than being lost or being late.  Being lost brings up all types of feelings of confusion, anxiety, and frustration…and as a result of my being lost, I then end up being late.

This happened a few weeks ago as I was on my way to a meeting at another school for work.  I thought I had done all the preparation I needed in advance to ensure that I wouldn’t be late or lost.  I had entered the destination into my Google Maps app, I had all of my materials, and I gave myself some extra time.

And then I got caught in traffic.  Ridiculous traffic (think ATL rush time traffic) at 10am.  I was so confused, but I called and let them know that I was running late.  When Google Maps finally notified me that I had reached my destination- I was even more confused, because I wasn’t wear I should have been.  Imagine the frustration I felt when I realized that unbeknownst to me, Google Maps had directed me to the school’s athletic facilities, which were located at a separate site from the school (about 3-4 miles away).  I headed back in the opposite direction, and after a few more turnarounds, finally arrived at my destination…feeling completely flustered, and ridiculously late.  Even more frustrating was realizing that if I had used the correct directions, I would have never been caught in traffic, and I would have been on time to the meeting. Sigh.

From that experience, I was reminded of the importance of being certain of your destination- and making sure that you check your directions,  If you don’t know your destination, you can get detoured, run into traffic, meet all types of unnecessary circumstances- all because you are not certain of where you are supposed to be going.  But along that way, you need to make sure that you check your directions.  What is leading you and guiding you?  Is it aware of your destination?  If not, your directions could be leading you to a totally different destination.

Understanding my destination, my life’s purpose has provided so much clarity for me.  However, I have to constantly have my guard up about my directions- it’s so easy to get distracted by things that seem appealing (and engaging, and even profitable), but have no real purpose in my life, and won’t get me any further to where God is calling for me.  All of the little things matter.  Small decisions and choices about how I spend my time and my resources can all be indicators of how serious I am about reaching the destination that God has for me.  I’m determined to make it to my destination on time- using the directions that He has given me.

Be encouraged!  Peace and Blessings!


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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