Did you every notice how easy it appears to give directions, especially when the person giving directions has little or know experience in getting there? Who writes the best parental guidance books? The “best” authors are those who have never had kids. Who writes the most prolific selling cook books? Cooks that are far more show than actual content. Do you actually think every recipe will work? Who gives the “best” career guidance? The answer is rather simple; one who has a career cruising in neutral.
I do not have a particular problem when people provide answers or recommendations outside their direct field of expertise. I do find it puzzling when people make a living by doing this. It is as if nothing that they do really matters – it is just what they say. Perhaps that is true for now but in the real score of life it makes a fundamental difference. Regardless of the path you think you are on, the one that you are on is directly reflective of the advice that you give. Give sound advice, stay on a sound road. Give bad counsel and enjoy the road to destruction with those you directed. “Lead good people down a wrong path and you’ll come to a bad end; do good and you’ll be rewarded for it.” (Proverbs 28.10)
Our paths may not be the ones that we think we are on today. Our true paths reflect our heart, the decisions taken with our heart and soul motives, and an absolute measure of “I” ness versus “other” ness. We can think otherwise but this is a blunt and often harsh fact. We travel the road of our heart, not the fa?ade that we build for everyone to see as an expression of his or her admiration.
The questions you and I face this morning are ones of the roads of our choosing. Do you realize which road you have chosen so far? Do I? Is this the road you really want? Do you see the road clearly?
We have freedom of choice; make it.