I was on my way to pick up my wife and daughter from the county fair. I know the Greater Cincinnati area pretty well, but I was destined for a humbling experience that day. I was driving down the highway which, as my wife was quick to point out later, was not the most direct route to the fairgrounds. I had been there before, but it usually takes me a few times before I have the route memorized and I was more than a little scatter-brained that day. I took the exit I thought I needed to take to get to the fairgrounds, but quickly realized that it wasn’t the normal exit I would take to get there. So, like all humble Christian men, I figured I didn’t need to bother with directions. I know this city like the back of my hand, I thought. I can find my way there easily.
Roughly an hour and a half later, the drive that should have taken twenty minutes total was pushing the two-hour mark as I finally pulled into the fairgrounds to meet my lovely bride and daughter. Needless to say, they were tired, hungry, and angry. My two sons in the back seat that experienced that trip with me were also a little cranky, but I think they all understood that my anger at myself dwarfed all of theirs combined. So, they were merciful to me.
Were this to happen today, I would simply pull out my trusty iPhone and Google the fairgrounds, then check the GPS app and let it guide me to my destination. (Yes, I realize I’m a little late to the GPS and iPhone frontiers, but I’m cheap.) Technology makes so many things easier. Sometimes I wish there was an app for life decisions. Don’t you?
I suppose there are a few apps that may be useful, but I wonder. If you find yourself in unfamiliar territory in a relationship, a family or work situation, or needing to make a big decision that will affect the trajectory of your life, what’s your GPS? How do you orient yourself to your situation to know what to do?
Me? I have a consistent worldview, a way of processing my life and the world around me. It works like a GPS app for difficult situations. I check it and I can re-orient myself and find my way out of trouble. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not. But it does help. What is it?
Tune in next time to find out.