Staff Devo 1/5/2021

Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for yourself in the field and after that build your house

Proverbs 24:27

I looked a lot over the break for something wonderful to use for bi-weekly staff devotions and came up dry. While I could continue the Bob Goff series as we have barely scratched the surface, I felt the need for something fresh. I’ve had this nagging feeling that I should just write, and while that is a daunting idea, I shall attempt.

I did have the opportunity to get away for a few days during the break. I went to visit my friends that live on a ranch near Albany, Texas. I need GPS to get there and even with GPS usually miss the turn, partly because the drive is very remote and I’m usually completely engrossed in an audio book. When I got in my car to come back to work after the break the map was still selected for my display. When I got in the car, because I had not selected a destination it read, “Ready to Navigate.” I glanced down as I turned onto FM 93 and it read, “Driving on Road.” I went to HEB to pick up bread for Helping Hands and in the parking lot behind the store it had idea where I was and it simply read, “Heading North.”

I enjoy a trip so much more when I have more information on the GPS. When it tells me which way to go and informs me of the next turn. When I know where I’m going, how many miles I have to travel and what time I will arrive. But regular, head to back to work on Monday is not like that. I have to show up “Ready to Navigate.” I need to know I’m “Driving on the Road”, and when I can no longer see the road at least I’ll know I’m heading in the right direction. We’ve got the course guides, the lesson plans, the long term and short term goals but what we really need is to show up “Ready to Navigate.” Ready to go where the Lord leads us and where the students need us.

So I decided to begin 2021 simply Ready to Navigate. I know that I am driving on the road and I know the destination is eternity and I have complete trust in the one who does know the way.

Here’s the bottom line

the Christian life, the church, our faith are not about us

they’re about Him–His plan, His kingdom, His glory.

Paul David Tripp

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