Charting a course for your life without a plan and a personal mission statement is like sailing on the ocean without a compass. I heard a story of a man who was sailing from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas, and shortly after leaving the Florida coast, the boat’s radio directional finder stopped working, leaving the man without an accurate frame of reference to pinpoint his location. As a result the currents of the Gulf Stream pushed the boat further north than he’d anticipated–too far north to see the islands that were supposed to prompt him to turn south to Nassau.Charting your course for life without a plan is like sailing on the ocean without a compass. Click To Tweet
Instead of sailing for nine hours before seeing land, he sailed for thirty six hours! This extended the time on the ocean without a frame of reference and taught the man two important lessons. First, when you sail out of sight of land, it feels as though you are sailing straight ahead. Only later when you examine your course do you notice the irregular path and the zigs and zags. Second, as the man worked to get the sails trimmed perfectly to sail as fast as possible, he had a sick feeling that he might just be heading in the wrong direction altogether.
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Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Luke 14:28 (NKJV)
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it –
Acts 5:37-39 (NKJV)
After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”