Andy Stanley – Principle of the Path
One of the books I am reading is Andy Stanley’s book, The Principle of the Path. (I am not sure if you are like me, but I have 5 different books that I am reading through right now. I should just pick one and finish it.)
Here is the essence of the entire book:
DIRECTION – not INTENTION – determines our DESTINATION.
He goes on to say . . .
The direction you are currently traveling – relationally, financially, spiritually, and the list goes on and on – will determine where you end up in each of those respective arenas. This is true regardless of your goals, your dreams, your wishes, or your wants. The principle of the path trumps all those things. Your current direction will determine your destination. And like every principle, you can leverage this one to your advantage or ignore it to your disadvantage. Just as there are paths that have led us to places we never intended to be, there are paths that lead us away from those places as well.
Here are some questions that I have been thinking through:
What direction do I think I am heading in . . .compared to the direction I really am heading in?
Do I confuse my “intentions” with “direction”? (easily done!)
What are the things in life that constantly compete to move my direction away from where I should be headed? (Take steps to get rid of them.)
What area(s) of life should I pay more attention to when it comes to it’s direction?
What additional questions should we be asking ourselves?
Andy goes on and quotes Anna Nalick,
Life’s like an hourglass glued to the table.
Time is ticking . . .we never get more time . . .and the destination won’t get closer if you don’t start heading there now!!
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