by Dr. Charles Stanley
Keeping Your Eye on the Road
Have you ever tried to make a perfectly straight line of footprints in the snow? It’s not as easy as you might think. Faced with the challenge, most people may tread slow and steady, heads down, focusing intensely at their feet. When someone attempts this task with their eyes cast downward, you can be sure they’ll fail. The footprints will be crooked.
When you walk with your eyes on your feet, you have no idea where you’re going. The experience is entirely self-centered. There’s no perspective because you cannot see how you fit into the larger landscape. There’s no genuine focus, since every step treads over the last step’s focal point. You haven’t imagined yourself as part of a bigger picture. So for all intents and purposes, you simply plod through the snow aimlessly.
The only way to make a straight line of footprints is to forget about your feet. The key is to look straight ahead and find a fence post, street sign, or tree off in the distance. Then, with your eyes fixed on that target, just start walking. If you’ve locked your focus on something outside of yourself, your path will be straight every time.
The same is true in our spiritual lives. If we walk through life concentrating inwardly, we’ll fail to see the bigger picture and veer off course. But when we focus beyond ourselves and fix our thoughts and spiritual eyes on Jesus, we can trust that our paths will be straight and trustworthy every step of the way (Isaiah 26:3 NLT).
God’s ways are always perfect, and following them leads to fulfillment and success. One of life’s undeniable truths is that your choices will ultimately determine your future. While you can decide for yourself what career field to enter or who to marry, nothing compares with seeking God first and relying on the wonderful principles of His Word. In this series, Dr. Stanley teaches that as you serve God and seek His ways, you’ll be blessed with peace, wisdom, and guidance for the journey ahead. Order here now!