We got there and sat down. Our conversation was all over the place and focused. But at one point we began to talk about my writing and my blog.I asked him straight up his thoughts and he provided them. Some I understood, others I had no clue and still others I had to get clarification on.
Now, as friends we approach life so differently. We believe the same things on many levels, but our culture, age difference and life stages often lend different views and such. It was refreshing.
I know a lot of people do not like to hear “what is wrong” always clamoring to hear “what is right”. But sometimes to change something, to get better, you have to embrace what is not necessarily what you believe or think to accomplish the changes, even the destiny you desire.
Too often we get comfortable in our journey, forgetting we would like to get some place. Yesterday, my grandchildren and daughter went out to purchase our Christmas tree. (My wife sent my daughter to keep me in line so I would not come through the door with the tree that would leave us no living space. “Babe-Have I ever done that?” My wife would say “Uhhh…yes you have. Do you remember the tree that was so big we had to turn sideways to get into the room?”)I had not been there and was pretty sure the location was southwest of my home. But the map said head north and make a left. We got going and I turned on the GPS. Soon, it began to tall me to turn right. Nope we are not doing that. After a few bad responses from me by not listening, my GPS got snarly, sarcastic. (I was teaching my grandchildren how to be assertive.)”Take a left I said TAKE A LEFT!” So, I caved. I took a left. Only 9 minutes. As we drove down the snow covered road, I was enjoying the beautiful sights. I handed the phone to my daughter and all of a sudden it added about 6 miles and 10 minutes. WHAT?
We finally got there. (It was where I had thought, but had chosen technology over knowledge.)It was gorgeous ride, full of fun and who cares if we were lost? The people were pleasant and seeing Jacob jump out of the van and point to the tree with “this one daddy” was worth it. (I just will never give my phone to my daughter…)
Correction and change are not always a bad thing. Sometimes they provide for your goodness.
Today, take some time to think about where you want to be. Call, ask or invite someone you trust to speak about change into your life. No one like that? Find someone. Change that immediately!
I love my friend. He and I do not agree on a lot but it will never cause us to not be friends. I have said it for some twenty years. Every Paul needs a Silas. Every Timothy needs a Paul. Every Paul needs a Timothy. You need someone to be your friend. You need someone to help grow. You need someone to help you grow. That is the generational press of the kingdom.
I will think through his counsel, his advice. Why? I want to be better than I am. I want to grow. To change the world. And Sarcastic Sally… Well, all things in due time.