Counting the Ways

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How did I get here? How many twists and turns does it take to get to where we are? How many ways are there to get where we are going? Speaking in terms of the Earthly, and not Spiritual, you are the author of your destination. Don’t like the road you’re on? Should’ve turned right a few turns ago. Don’t like the company you find yourself in? Should’ve taken the exit before the one you took. Don’t like the shape you’re in? Should’ve put that habit down a year ago.

Here’s the thing: we all know where we are, what we are doing. We can kid ourselves, but you know that if you don’t want to die from food poisoning, you shouldn’t eat 3 week old Thanksgiving leftovers.

Navigation, both Earthly and Spiritual, is something we all can do. We just get distracted. Tempted. Burdened. The cost of excess or enjoyment is often not accounted for in the mental reckoning of the tab that will need to be paid. The pain of the present is too often a driving force in the escape from the percieved benefit of staying in the here and now. The temptation of the new is too often a slippery slope that damages the old and can’t be recovered from.

In all things, consider the ways to get from where you are. Water always takes the easiest route. The easiest route isn’t always the best for us, and you aren’t water.

In Psalm 86 you can find this: Teach me your way, Lordthat I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Wow. How many different ways to count right there.


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