He guides me along the right path for His name’s sake.
— Psalm 23:3
A man was traveling and somehow got off the beaten path. He got turned around. He was lost and somehow found himself out in the country on a small Farm-to-Market road. He needed some help.
Up ahead, he saw an old farmer sitting on his tractor. The man stopped and said to the farmer, “I’m lost. Can you tell me where this road will take me?”
The old farmer replied, “Son, this road will take you anywhere in the world you want to go. All you need to know is where you want to go and when to turn and when to go straight.”
In Steven Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, one of his chapters is entitled “Begin with the End in Mind”.
Where do you want to end up? Years from now, at your retirement reception or your funeral, what do you hope people will say about you? What legacy do you want to leave? Once we answer that essential question, we need to start making good decisions on a daily basis that will take us to our intended destination. We will not get to our hoped-for ending accidentally. That will happen only by making good decisions all along the journey.
On a long trip, it helps to have someone along with you who knows the way. Don’t try to navigate unfamiliar roads alone. You have a guide available to you. Ask guidance from someone you can trust. Ask God to help you make good decisions each day. That will help you get to the end, leaving a positive and lasting legacy that will point people to our God.
Continue on your journey today with your ending in mind. You can get to where you want to go from where you are today with God’s help.
They were glad when it drew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.
— Psalm 107:30