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By: Staci Stallings
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of those GPS—Global Positioning Systems—that come in some cars today. This system, with the help of a satellite, can tell you turn by turn how to get wherever you are wanting to go—whether you’ve ever been in this particular city or not.
It is a map, but it’s so much more than that. For one, you don’t have to locate your starting destination on the map. The GPS already knows where you are. You don’t have to know exactly what you’re looking for. You ask for restaurants, and it will give you a list. You may have no idea what section of the city your destination is, but you don’t have to know. The GPS does.
Now wouldn’t this be cool to have a GPS for your spiritual life. Think about it. “I want peace.” Bing. Here’s peace, and here’s how to get there. “I want joy.” Bing. Turn left at the stoplight.
The truth is we do have a GPS for our spiritual lives. Only it’s not a Global Positioning System, it’s a God Positioning System.
We all have it. It was installed on our model before we left the factory. Unfortunately many of us don’t realize that it wasn’t optional, that it’s on every model (including ours), or how reliable it is. It’s as if we are determined to use the lousy maps we’ve had all our lives rather than have to learn something different.
Well, let me tell you, this feature is worth the trouble to learn to use!
The first step is to recognize you are equipped with this feature. Recognizing that it’s even an option is a good first start.
A friend of mine was recently taking a major test—it would determine if she could stay in the job she already had. She had failed the first time by one point, so on the morning of the test, she called my sister (a mutual friend) to ask for prayers. My sister said, “If you get stuck, just breathe, and ask that you be shown the answer.” To which my friend replied, “But isn’t that cheating?”
It would be if we were somehow gaining access to some outside source, but what we’re doing when we do that is gaining access to a source deep inside of us. I call it the Holy Spirit. It is a deep, deep knowing when something is right for us, and when something is just not. It is in fact our own personal GPS.
Miraculously, our friend “found” her missing point and passed the test. But the truth is we all have that knowing built into us. The more you use it, the more you will wonder how you ever got along without it. It will become second nature to first ask it for its assistance, and then to count on it first before any of the outside data starts flooding in.
Using it is not hard. It’s a matter of breathing, going deep, and accessing it. I find I use my GPS most often in my writing. I don’t “know” the plot point-by-point, but when I surrender to the part of me that does, miracles start showing up in books. Connections that I hadn’t seen suddenly appear. Turns that I thought made no sense for a character to make suddenly tie the whole story together.
On an earthly plain, I cannot explain this. But on a spiritual plain, I can tell you it happens all the time.
You, too, have a GPS. The question is, are you using it to its fullest capabilities?
It’s a great way to live!
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By: Staci Stallings For many years of my life, I wanted to be successful. I put a lot of effort into that endeavor. I worked and worked and worked. If I joined an organization, I had to be president because I wanted the organization to be successful and I wanted to be…