Friday, February 12, 2010

What is My Destination

I'm going to share a secret about a habit that has developed over the years. "I never begin reading a book on my own." Reading was never something I was drawn to do in my free time!

But a silly thing happened when I married this man (a book lover). He has a way of drawing me into the books he reads. There have been many times he would be 1/2 way through a book as he would share with me what he was reading I would get hooked. Next thing you know, I finish the book prior to him. Yes, I admit it, I AM my husbands book thief!
  • Barry starts a book...
  • He gets me captivated by the story...
  • Then while he is at work I finish it! (I wonder if this is about my competitive side?)

Apparently I am still at it! I got him a book for his birthday "The Principle of the Path" by Andy Stanley. I believe he made it to chapter one and I am now on chapter 5 and moving on!

I recommend this as a must read!

  • Have you ever wondered if you are on the right path?
  • Are you NOT reaching your destination?
  • Have you questioned why the choices you make keep putting you at the wrong place?
  • Do you wish you knew the secret on how to get somewhere else?

Direction - Not Intention - Determines our Destination

(You really need to read that again to grasp its full impact!)

What is your intention?

  • Be debt free...

  • Have a healthy marriage...

  • Stop yelling my children or husband...

  • Lose weight...

  • Stop an addiction...

This may be our intention, but what direction am I headed?

  • Debt - but I still purchase stuff on credit
  • Marriage -I continue to date someone as I see possible warning signs
  • Anger - I keep yelling and do nothing to learn to control it
  • Weight - I still sit on the couch and eat those M & M's
  • Stop an addiction - I still purchase or watch that which I intend to quit
If we truly wish to land somewhere different, then it is time we evaluate the path we are on and choose a new path! Or are we someone that doesn't even know what the destination is? Just because you don't know where you are going, does not mean you are not headed somewhere!

Here is a portion of the book I am reading that made a pretty clear point.

"Every white-water kayaker will tell you the time to scout a rapid is when you are a safe distance away. Only a fool would ignore the Danger! Rapids Ahead sign posted by state forestry service. Experienced kayakers know that regardless of how calm the water is where you are, you should exit the river to check out what's ahead. Current conditions are not a trustworthy indicator of what lies ahead. Once you hear the thunder of the falls, feel the spray, and see the tops of the trees at eye level, you are committed. Your destination is at hand."

"What's true for navigating a white-water river applies to navigating your life as well. Ignore the signs, and pay the price."

Proverbs 27:12 "The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it."

Are you discouraged with some of the destinations you have reached in life?

Do you know what path/direction to take?

Are you living on good intentions or have you taken a look at the road ahead?

Go grab this book and find out "How to get from where you are to where you want to be!"

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