What star are you following?

“Even with the best maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.”  (Gail Pool) – as seen on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.

Most of us can explain where we’ve been (although there are a few nights from my younger days that are still a mystery to me); however, none of us can really predict or chart our futures. We can have hopes, dreams and plans; but life has a funny way of throwing detours into our plans, some small and some nearly impossible to follow. People who are really able to maintain focus upon their goals deal with the changes in plans that come at them and stay on course. Others look back on their twisted journeys and wonder, “How the hell did I end up here?”  Sometimes those are once successful and maybe even wealthy people who are now homeless or living in shelters.

From ancient times sailors have relied upon the stars to guide their journeys. They learned how to read the skies and find the right stars by which to set their courses. We are currently in the period after Christmas that has traditionally been associated with thestar of bethlehemjourney of the wise men (the Magi), who followed the Star of Bethlehem to visit the new born King of the Jews – Jesus. I have a large, illuminated star of Bethlehem displayed on the second floor of my house and one can see it from a good distance. Even when I stop lighting up the rest of my Christmas display I leave the star lit at night for the two weeks after Christmas. I love seeing it lit up as I’m cresting the hill about a quarter of a mile from my house.

I think one could do worse that to fix that star as a guiding light for life. Even with a strong commitment to goals in life, that start can provide an anchor to insure that you don’t wander too far off course. Perhaps if one had such an anchor in their lives they would stop, look at it, and ask, “What the heck am I doing?”, before they got too far into the weeds. Certainly, if they have wandered off course, that is the best star that one could use as a guide to get your life straight again. There is also a case made by many that we already have the best roadmap book for life in the Bible; and, that is good advice, too. I’m not a literalist when it comes to the Bible, but it can and does provide the best philosophical base that I know of for the decision making processes of life. It’s certainly a better place to turn than asking Siri or Googling for an answer when life throws you a curve ball.

So, the bottom line may be that we can never know exactly where we’ll end up in life, but if you base your life and the decisions that you will have to make on following the right star and reading the right map book, at least you can be sure that you’re going in the right direction. Have a great week ahead and fix your life’s direction on the right star.

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