A sailor woke up on his ship drifting in the ocean. He didn’t know where he was. He didn’t remember how he got there. He couldn’t recall where he came from. He had no idea where he was going.
He did have a working knowledge of sailing. All directions looked the same to him, so he continued to sail in the direction he was already going.
Could this sailor be you? Stop and examine your life. Are you moving in a direction on purpose? Or do you only let the waters take you where they want to go?
If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
If your only goal is to not be where you are, then don’t waste time trying to pick the best direction. If you want to get away fast, don’t bother analyzing your options.
Drifting along in life is necessary when you have no clue who you are. But drifting without a systematic mapping of your journey is foolish. As you journey through life, God wants you to map your experiences and make increasingly educated decisions about your life direction and goals.
Immaturity is drifting along without paying attention to where you’ve been. Maturity is growing in the knowledge (experience) of who God is and who you are.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
If you don’t care where you’re going, why would you care which way the wind is blowing? If you don’t have a goal or destination in mind, no help exists for you.
Here are two questions to help you find a direction and stay on course every day:
- How are you not being your authentic self?
- In what way can you grow toward your authentic self?
Your authentic self is your God-given identity.