Saturday, March 22, 2014


Guides play an important part in one’s life journey.  Whether you are traveling, starting a job, moving to a new location, going to another school, hiking a trail, tackling a challenging situation, learning a new skill, or needing direction, it can be beneficial to enlist a trusted guide.  Sometimes people who are blind or have other health challenges depend on dogs who have been trained to be their guides.  And with today’s technology, GPS and car navigation systems can be helpful in guiding you to or locating the desired destination.

Some thoughts on guides:
* Knowledge and experience are important qualities for a guide to possess.
* A guide who has proven himself faithful can be trusted.
* Having a guide is most beneficial when someone is willing to follow.
* For the greatest benefit from a guide, the information must be accepted, thought through, learned, and applied.
* Much excess time and frustration can be avoided with the help and encouragement of a trustworthy guide.
* When you miss the mark, be willing to recalculate, turn around, retrace your steps, or go another way.
* There will be times when you need to follow and gain experience from the guide and other times when you must be willing to be the one who informs, directs, gives instruction or points out the way.
* Be wise in the choices you make.  You may be influencing others, even when you do not know that they are watching.
* Choose a guide who is worthy of being followed.

Every day God desires to be the ultimate guide for our lives.  The one who created and knows us best wants to be the one who points the way to help us become all we were created to be.  Faith and trust in our guide should result in obedience and action.

He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:3

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Psalm 25:9

Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalm 31:3

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
Psalm 48:14

May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.
Psalm 67:4

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
Psalm 73:24

1 comment:

  1. First, I thought of our Tracey and her guide dog, then I smiled when I pictured your grandchildren and their children reading this "guide" one day in the future.