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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Think About It

I Once Was Lost

Have you ever been lost? I was once. Several years ago I was backpacking in Massachusetts and had set up my camp and then went off exploring. Unfortunately I didn’t take good care to watch where I was going and it took five hours to find my way back. I had no compass, no GPS, and I was carrying nothing with me. I had set out in a pair of shorts and a tee shirt, ill prepared for what could have been a night in the woods. I learned a lot from that experience.

I served aboard an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam era and spend weeks and months at sea. Although I never considered myself lost, I had no idea where I was other than somewhere in the South China Sea. I relied upon others to know where we were going and to get me back to the states when it was time.

Today I got a text message from my wife asking where I was. She had lost me and had looked through out the house, outside, and on the porch. To her, I was lost, but I didn’t even know it. I knew where I was, sitting at my desk in the sun room working on a report. Funny how we can become misplaced by others, or lost as it were, and actually know where we are and not feel the anxiety that the other is feeling as they search for us.

As I’ve thought about the concept of being lost I’ve thought a lot about how our belief systems can give us a sense of security that may actually be leading us to somewhere that we really don’t want to be. Like the aircraft carrier I was on, I trusted those running it to take me where I needed to go, but how did I know they had my best interest in mind? In reality, where they went wasn’t about me, but rather it was about their orders. So I actually went where they wanted to go.

Following God can be similar. We can follow a set of tenants that seem reasonable, but which may cause us to be lost. Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost, (Luke 19:10). If this was his mission then what does it say about the direction the people of that day were going? What does it mean about us? Think about it.



Anonymous said...

Being a Vet myself, and having been to quite a few foreign places. I have found the best way to find your way around somewhere, is to get lost a few times. I also have found that as long as you choose a direction, and stick to it, you will eventually find your way out of the woods. I also think that being lost or found, is a matter of perspective. Just like right, and wrong, good, and evil. If you think I'm lost and I think I'm not lost, who is right? Same with religion just because you think yours is right does not make it so. Some may consider you wrong or lost. Who can say who is lost, who is right, what is good. Perspective in my opinion is what gets lost the most. Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Kind of what the article says, 5:25....think about it.

(or just read it) :)

Anonymous said...

I am one thankful person for the fact that the destination for our eternal souls does not hinge on our "perspective", but on God's promises.

Anonymous said...

That's where I think common sense has left us. There used to be a clear line between good and evil, or right and wrong.

Now, it's not wrong if the majority say it's okay. Evil is no longer evil, but rather free will with a quick "don't judge me," attitude.

Yes, perspective it what's lost the most. Ones own moral code is lost in translation which has nothing to do with religon but rather character and integrity.

You can't get find "your way," when you never got started to begin with.

Anonymous said...

From my perspective Friday, July 12, 2013 at 12:00:00 PM EDT
believing in a invisible guy that lives in the sky is insane.

Anonymous said...

Where do you come up with this stuff? Nobody believes in an invisible guy in the sky, 3:40. It's a lie made up by non- believers and their quest to appear more intelligent.

Educate yourself!