I remember when my younger brothers were in Boy Scouts and learning about backpacking and camping. One important skill they needed to master was the use of a compass.

A compass is a device used to determine geographic direction. It usually consists of a freely rotating magnetic needle that points to the earth’s magnetic north pole. By turning the compass case, I line up the “N” for north under that needle and then find the direction I want to go.

Let’s say you needed to go east (and didn’t have the handy Rocky Mountains outlined against the western sky). What would you do first? Find which way was north using the compass and face that direction. The rest of the directions — west, south, and east — are relative to north. So, in order to head east, you would turn 90 degrees clockwise or to your right.

The same can be said of navigating through life. Orient myself to the truth, and the rest is relative to that unmovable reference point. And if I ever get lost or confused, I can always compare my current direction to the truth and see if I’ve veered from the correct path.

What about you? What do use as a reference point in life? Do you look there first when changing your direction?

Navigating: Where’s North?
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2 thoughts on “Navigating: Where’s North?

  • May 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    >Great analogy, Candee! Thanks for sharing.

  • May 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    >Lovely! God is our compass. We hold all other standards up to the light of His Word to see if it passes the test. Thanks, Candee.

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