True North

Has this troubled time of Coronavirus, social unrest, and economic distress caused you to feel like the world is spinning out of control? Has your schedule and your life been turned upside down causing you to question which way is up?

Recently, my daughter, Sophie, sent me a text while I was on a walk in my neighborhood. She was alone at the golf course driving range and wanted to share her frustration about her golf shots not going straight. She has been working with her coach on some adjustments to her grip, pre-shot routine, stance, and her swing. Now that she was alone at the range, without her coach, she wasn’t sure what was happening or how to fix it. As I read the text, the Holy Spirit prompted me to reply, “Find your True North! Go back to what you know to be true and right and check those things and you will find your golf ball’s path to be straight!” As I continued my walk and quiet time with the Lord, I thought about my advice to Sophie and how it applies not only in golf but in life.

After some investigation, I found that True North is defined as a point of origin, a fixed point in a spinning world. We all have a True North. What’s your True North? Scripture tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are considered lost, and in need of Jesus’s salvation. Without Him, we are all directionally challenged, and our compass is off. If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, then you have a point of origin from which all things can be measured. We are living in an unprecedented time, one filled with uncertainty. We need to go back to what we know to be true. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

What are you aiming for today? If it isn’t Jesus Christ, then your path will not be straight and your compass will be off. Trust in Him. He will be your True North and will make your path straight.

by Kelly Lester