I stand in front of a huge map. The print is small and parts of it are hard to see, but I don’t really care. I’m looking for something specific and I know it will be easy for me to see once I spot it. A quick scan of the diagram and I find it. The big, red dot. “You Are Here”.
In my opinion, you can’t get very far in life if you don’t know where you’re starting from. We all need to take assessment of where we are before we can begin the journey to where we want to go. We have to reflect on, and admit to, our true current-state in order to make an intelligent decision about the path we want to follow. You’re lucky. I paid a lot of money for a therapist to tell me that and I’m telling you for free.
However, now that I have an idea of “where I am” the question that’s been plaguing me for the past couple of weeks is, “How in the world did I get myself into this?” At least for the purpose of this post, I’m not talking about sinful situations, just the unexpected things of life. You know, you’re rolling along in your comfort zone and all of a sudden, you find yourself teaching a class you feel inadequate to teach, counseling someone who’s going through a crisis beyond what you can even imagine, or leading a large project at work that you’re sure someone else is far more qualified to lead. Pow! There’s the question staring you right in the eyeballs. “How did I get myself into this?”
I’ve been asking myself that question a ton lately and the only answer I can come up with is actually a very simple one. I didn’t. God has brought these situations into my life for a reason. He got me into this. I just need to find my red dot and acknowledge “I am here”. “I’m on my way to there, and God is directing the path I take along the way.”
So remember to look for your red dot and…enjoy the journey!