Wrong things bring us farther away from the place we want to be. C.S Lewis writes in Mere Christianity that “if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer…progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road.” If we continue down the wrong path, then we just get farther and farther away from our intended destination. Trying to pretend we are going the right direction and refusing to turn around will not get you to your intended destination. If you are trying to drive from Michigan to Alabama driving on an Interstate going north, you are not going to get there. You must go south. No matter how much you think you can go that way- you can't. Another biblical scholar I admire, Andy Stanley, says “Your direction, not your intention determines your destination”. Turning around and going back towards the end goal is the quickest way to get there. The sooner we turn back, the sooner we will reach the place we want to get. If our faith journey is headed away from God, we need to do a u-turn.
- What parts of your journey do you need to do a u-turn on?
- Where do you need to stop before you go any further and make sure you are headed in the right direction?
- Where do you wish you were at this point in your journey and how can you get there? Make a plan and write it out. Then, stick it somewhere (like your journal) so that you will see it. Set deadlines for reaching certain goals. Accountability is also a great idea. Find a trusted friend, show them your list, and ask them to how you accountable for it!