Are you on a one-way street going the wrong direction?
By GARY ANDREWS
Have you ever driven your car down a street and realized it was a one-way street and you were going the wrong way? Several years ago I drove a group of high school children to New Orleans and got on a one-way street going the wrong way.
During this little adventure in New Orleans, and me not being familiar with the streets, found myself on some back streets that were poorly lit and not well signed. I had no idea I was going the wrong way and neither did the chaperones or students until we passed a one-way sign with the arrow pointing the other way.
Many of us in our daily routines of work and social life may not realize the direction that we are heading. Even though it may seem as if all is well in our life, we could be headed for a downfall and have no one there with us to lift us up. And, from another perspective, we may have people around us that are headed for destruction and we are not leading or helping them find the righteous track.
Doris Mortman once stated, “Unless you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.” The problem with many of us today is that we believe we are happy with the material possessions we have and would be much happier with things we do not have. With this in mind we push ourselves and the people around to achieve material possessions and not worry about their spiritual well-being or ours.
Many times we are so wrapped up about what we can own or have and never realize we are on a one-way street headed the wrong way. For us to stay focused on what is important we have to discipline ourselves. We have to understand what we accumulate on earth means nothing, however if we miss out on eternal life we have lost everything.
Please understand that I am for doing the best you can while you are on this earth but do it the best you can through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and be Spirit filled in all that you say or do.
Proverbs 12:3 tells us, “A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.”
The Saving Grace of Jesus Christ is all that we will ever need while we walk these meaningless days on earth. If you do well while on earth and it’s through the grace of God, use you abundance and wealth for the kingdom of God. It is easy for us to get on a one-way street going the wrong way but realizing where we are headed with our life and what our destination is, will get us turned around and headed in the right direction.
Prayer: Lord lead me in the direction you want me to go. Help me get out of your way and allow you to touch others through my life. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday -1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Monday – Luke 3:7-17; Tuesday – Psalm 18:20-24; Wednesday – Philippians 3:12-16; Thursday – Deuteronomy 20:5-9; Friday – Leviticus 20:26; Saturday – Romans 16:17-20.)
Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website www.gadevotionals.com.