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Always Use Your Spiritual GPS                         May 28, 2014

Dear friends,

I could see what appeared to be the Molly Pitcher rest area on the New Jersey
Turnpike just ahead of us on the right.  Yet my GPS was telling me to get off the
highway at the next exit.  It was one of those pivotal moments where a choice had
to be made.

Every day we are called to make a hundred different decisions.  Some of them are
innocuous.  Should I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch or go with
the tuna fish?  Mixed in with these simple choices are much harder ones that can
have major consequences when it comes to getting where we want to be in life.  

Following the GPS that day led us off the highway, through town and to an open
field.  I wanted to scream.  We were so close to catching up to the bus that was
carrying the group from our church down to the Sight & Sound Theater in
Lancaster, PA.

Don't get me wrong.  A GPS (global positioning system) is a great thing.  It just
didn't work that day.  While our friends on the bus were enjoying lunch at the rest
stop, Lori and I were stuck in traffic on an old country road.

In looking back I realized that our problem stemmed from trying to follow too
many competing voices.  I was using two GPSs and responding to texts from a
friend on the bus.  No wonder we got lost.  Jesus once said that you can't serve two

This is especially true when it comes to making life's decisions.  One friend of
mine told me that when he needs directions he turns off everything else and trusts
his GPS (God positioning system.)  Then he gets down on his knees to pray.  I
should have done that on our trip.

So if you find yourself a little lost today, use your spiritual GPS and ask God for
directions.  He will help you find your way.

God bless.  See you in church.