My wife and I recently took a trip to Texas where we were meeting family. We had never been there by ourselves before, so we borrowed a TomTom GPS to take us where we needed to go.
It was wonderful. A very soothing, British, female voice told us each step to take.
“Take the exit right, then, stay in the left lane.”
“Bear left, then, take the motorway.”
“After 80 yards, you have reached your destination.”
Even when I missed a turn, it would just reconfigure immediately and get me right where I needed to go, right to the parking lot of my destination.
We made an 8 hour trip and I didn’t have to look at a single map or print out directions from Google. So stress-free!
However, when my parents were leaving (a bit earlier than us) they asked us how to get back to the interstate.
I had no clue. In fact, I couldn’t even remember what interstate we were on. Or what towns we drove through. When I thought about it, all I did was whatever the TomTom told me to do and I paid attention to nothing else.
So, while I was on auto-pilot, I may have been getting the basic job done, but I couldn’t use my experience to help others, even with the basics.
I realize that I’ve sometimes done this with my faith, especially when I was younger.
I accepted Christ as my Savior and then just coasted on that. I followed the direction of the crowd and blended in, learning nothing, never even looking at my Bible.
In the last few years, though, I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about the Bible and how to apply it to find direction in life.
One of the greatest feelings in the world is being asked to help someone else find their way in this life, spiritually, and having some knowledge to share.
Don’t just live on auto-pilot. Put some effort into your faith. Grow, learn, and share!