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Change of Course?

The captain on the bridge of a large naval vessel saw a light ahead on a collision course. He signaled, “alter your course ten degrees south.”  The reply came back, “alter your course ten degrees north.”The captain then signaled, “alter your course ten degrees south- I am a captain.” The reply: “alter your course 10 degrees north, I am a seaman third-class.”The furious captain signaled, “alter your course ten degrees south, I am a battleship.” The reply: “alter your course ten degrees north, I am a lighthouse.”

Truly, I hope he finally listened!

Is this me?

Have you ever met someone like that? Are YOU someone like that?

At ATC meet many people who are on a collision course in their lives with the decisions they are making. The success stories we share, are primarily as a result of someone realizing and accepting that they need a course change. Then, they are willing to do something about it.

James 4:15-17 says, “What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’Otherwise, you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

What an interesting passage about direction. 

We are so caught up in trying to get things on the right track, that we miss a very key piece to our direction- the compass! 

Our lives are designed to be best directed if we are led by God. He is our compass. Yet, we have such meaningless arguments with him sometimes. Like the captain in the story, we boast about our rank and try to correct God in His planning or timing. It’s a certain collision course!

My designer knows best

In our stubbornness, let’s not allow ourselves to be carried away by the notion that we know better than our Designer. 

I am convinced, after 30 years of following Jesus, that He does know what He is doing in my life. My Designer knows best!

Psalm 32:8  “The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’”

That’s good enough for me. Now, I just need my heart to follow what my head already knows…