Make Sure You Have the Right “Map”!

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6


A young family decided they wanted to go from Houston to San Antonio for a long weekend.  They looked forward to seeing the River Walk.  The children were anxious to see Shamu and the rest of Sea World.

Getting from their home to the Interstate was easy.  They had traveled that highway many times shopping, going to work, and to church.

The route over the next three hours was fairly simple.  They just stayed on the highway, making the customary pit stops.  It’s easy to get off of the Interstate, stop in at the local Buc-ee’s, and get back on the road.

However, when they arrived in San Antonio, they quickly became lost.  The streets were not as familiar as those at home in Houston.  The sights were different.  The roads seem to be going in one direction, and then it seemed as if they were going in the opposite direction.  They pulled their maps out of the glove compartment and the console, but they couldn’t find out where they were, or where they needed to go.  It seems the maps were for Houston.  There were no maps for San Antonio.  They had the wrong maps.

Life can be the same way.  We get comfortable in our surroundings and think we know the way to get around.  We know what we are supposed to do at work or at school.  We know where to go to buy food and clothes.  We even know where we can go to church.  And if we are not careful, even that can just become a habit.

Then when things in life change, we can really get lost.  We have trouble at work, or even lose our job.  Maybe we begin to have family relationship problems.  Perhaps we even get offended with something, or someone, at church.  We pull out all of the “maps” we’ve accumulated in life, and think we can find the right “road” to take to solve our problems.

Although we may think we know the way we are to go, unless we have the right “map”, we will always be lost.  Jesus said that He was “the way, the truth, and the life.” Unless we know God’s Word for our lives, we will never know the way we are to go.  All destinations go through God, the Father. And we can only get there through Jesus.  Don’t find yourself lost on life’s journey.  Make sure you are carrying the right “map” for the trip.

~Charles A. Kalkomey