Setting Your GPS

 In Blog, Charles Cavanaugh

The Geographic Positioning System was developed to fix with pinpoint accuracy the position of a target or destination.  Signals sent to a satellite are deflected back and forth in a matter of seconds, giving the sender coordinates that answer the question of location.


One of the first to benefit from this was our military, much to the terror of our enemies.  But it wasn’t long until the average person used this tool in his or her own car.  It now even functions in a cell phone.  I can give you my address, and when you enter it into your smartphone, it will guide you to my door; theoretically, at least.


You may have discovered that there are variables involved.  All systems are not alike, and the directions you receive may be slightly faulty :-).  It doesn’t hurt to leave some extra time, just in case (just sayin’).


Personally, I have had friends use their phone or GPS to get to my home.  We have watched them pull up to our driveway, stop, look, and after a pause, proceed.  You see, there is a circular turn area just in front of our driveway.  To the right of that circle is a street that leads to some other houses.  The driver isn’t sure, though if he would only listen to his wife, his uncertainty would certainly disappear :-).


I can hear the conversation.

      Wife: “Honey, I think you need to turn right here.”

      Husband: “What’s the address?”

      Wife: “But they said we need to turn in by the white fence.”

      Husband: “Nope, this is it.  I’m sure of it!”

In spite of modern technology, the human equation comes into play.


This is the point.  If you are going to hit your target, you must take accurate aim.  If you are to arrive at your destination, you must have adequate directions.  You must know where you are going.  You must set your sights, point your vehicle, in that direction.  On a trip, you may, and most likely will, need to make mid-course corrections, but your goal, your destination, your focus remain unchanged.


This is even more important when it comes to living a Christ-centered life and building a Christ-centered home.  You must take aim and press toward the mark “for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).  The prize, the goal is Christ Himself.  We look “unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).  And as we look to Him, “we all with unveiled face, gazing at the reflection Christ’s glory are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  This comes from the Spirit of The Lord” (2Cor. 3:18).  Set your GPS.  Stay on course.  Let nothing deter you from this pursuit.


For the glory of Christ,

Charles Cavanaugh

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