Life At Its Best: Let the Holy Spirit be your GPS
By Jim Graff
March 15, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 14, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.
No one likes getting lost. It's often frustrating and time consuming. And, for most of us, our patience starts to wane pretty quickly. When my kids were young, getting lost on road trips practically became a family tradition.
We didn't have the convenient iPhone or GPS we have today. Instead, we used an atlas. This map had no such thing as turn-by-turn directions. It gave you point "A" and "B," and from there, it was up to you to figure it out.
For me, following an atlas wasn't easy. And the frequent screams of "Are we there yet?" echoing from the backseat certainly didn't help. After a while, I'd start losing patience and focus. It was hard to know every turn to make with a map that only told me the final destination.
Sometimes we try to follow the Holy Spirit in that same way. We treat him like an atlas, wanting him to simply tell us where to end up. We think if we have the big picture, we can figure out how to get there.
But the holy spirit was never meant to be our atlas. He doesn't just want to tell us the end result. Instead, he wants to give us turn-by-turn directions along the way. He desires to guide even the daily decisions of our lives. When we learn to let him lead us one decision at a time, we can be sure we'll reach our destination.
Learning to follow the holy spirit starts with recognizing who's in control. Many of us like to handle things ourselves. We get a sense of security from being in charge. But we must realize that as long as we're in the driver's seat, he can't be. Letting him lead requires giving him the ultimate authority in every area.
If at times you can be a control freak, this probably sounds a little scary. And it can be, especially when He asks us to make decisions that go against our own logic. But it's in those times that we must remember that his knowledge is far beyond ours. He sees things we can't see. He knows better than anyone else the best path for us to take.
Then, we must pay greater attention to the daily decisions we make. Ephesians 5:15-16 says "So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps." Like our steps, our decisions take us places. A few right decisions won't get us to where God's calling us to be.
Instead, we must learn to consistently stack one right decision on top of another. It's a daily process. It requires seeking the Holy Spirit's guidance every day and in every decision. When we do, He's faithful to lead us exactly where we need to be.
What role is the Holy Spirit playing in your life: atlas or GPS? I encourage you to let Him be your GPS. Allow Him to be in complete control. Evaluate and seek his guidance in every decision you make. Start making choices today that lead to better tomorrows.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.