One night, years ago, at one of our sons ball games, there was an old man there who’d brought his grandson to play. Throughout the whole game, the poor man kept nodding off to sleep. I mean, he was doing some serious snoozing.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to a youth baseball game, but there’s a lot of yelling! Which is why we were a bit concerned about the poor man. Had he over medicated, or had he been drinking? Something sure wasn’t right.
When the game was over, I snuck up behind him and screamed at the top of my lungs. The man must’ve jumped ten feet into the air! It was hilarious! That is until I noticed the trickle running down his leg.
Ok, none of that last paragraph was true. My mind drifted, and I thought it would’ve been funny if I had of done that. The rest of the story, before and after said paragraph, is, and will be true.
When we pulled out from the parking lot, we pulled out behind him. I was driving, and I was watching him very closely. He was all over the road! I was just praying they would make it home safely.
I was watching him so closely, that the next thing you know, I realized I was following him! We had both straightened a curve! I had become so focused on him, that I had taken my eyes off the road and almost followed him right into a ditch! That scared the fire out of me! It also made me realize that, I had become so consumed with his driving, that I had stopped concentrating on mine!
In our Christian walk, often we become so focused on what others are doing, or things that are going on around us, we completely take our eyes off God. The next thing you know, we’ve followed someone straight into destruction.
If we don’t stay focused on God and His word, how can we help anyone? If we’re not strong in our faith, when we see someone veering off the road, how then will we lead them in the right direction? If we are attempting to do it in our own strength, we could easily lose sight of the road, and follow them straight to the ditch.
Our goal should always be to help others get, or stay on the right path; but we can never focus on someone, or someone’s situation, more than we focus on God and the Word. The only way we can lead is to follow THE leader, Jesus Christ!
Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5