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?