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A GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM FOR CAREERS?
By: Robert J. Tamasy
Although I was born in Germany, the first time I had been back to Europe was in 1997. My aunt and uncle, who had traveled the continent on several occasions, served as tour guides as we worked our way through parts of Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany, finally reaching our destination, the picturesque city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where we attended a CBMC convention.
On several occasions during our travels we found ourselves headed in a wrong direction and would wind up going several kilometers out of our way before discovering our error in navigation. Our in-car compass was helpful, but it would have been better to have someone – or something – to help us in making the correct turns.
Today, of course, many vehicles are equipped with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and similar tracking assistance is available on mobile phones. As I understand it, signals are beamed up to a satellite orbiting above the earth, and information is sent from the satellite to the person needing it. Literally, it provides guidance from on high. Some people already have become so accustomed to using their GPS devices that they wonder how they ever survived before they were invented.
What if someone were to develop a GPS device for career guidance, or for making important business decisions? As we observe the plight of the global economy, a GPS for the business and professional world certainly would have been valuable for avoiding some of the serious “wrong turns” that corporate leaders have made.
Actually, such a GPS resource does exist, although you cannot buy it at your local electronics or office supply store, and automotive manufacturers cannot install it in your vehicle.
A verse in the Bible”s Old Testament reads, “I am a foreigner here on earth; I need the guidance of your commands. Do not hide them from me!” (Psalm 119:19, New Living Translation). My friend Carman Wolf recently observed, “Today, when we are in unfamiliar – foreign – territory, many people depend on their GPS to get information from on high. But long before satellites and GPS systems, the writer of this psalm realized he needed “guidance from on high” and that the source of that guidance is God. He is the finest GPS system of all, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and no electrical connection is needed.”
Other passages in the Bible make similar statements, assuring us of God”s guidance if we are willing to receive it:
Believing in God”s revealed truth. Driving in the dark, we rely on the car”s headlights to illuminate the way we are going. In a similar way, God has promised to light the way as we proceed on our daily journey of work and living. “I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:104-105).
Trusting in God”s direction. Just as we place our confidence in the direction of a GPS system, we must trust in direction God provides, even if we do not understand it. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Relying on God”s redirection. We must be willing to acknowledge that decisions we make will not always be right, and open to God”s prompting to alter the course we have taken – even make a sudden stop or 180-degree turn if necessary. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran of 38 years in professional journalism, he is the author of Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring: 10 Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential. For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
1. Describe the first time you ever used a GPS system in a vehicle you were traveling in. How helpful was it – and how regularly do you rely on GPS navigation now? Have you become so accustomed to using it that you have difficulty traveling without it?
2. Do you sometimes wish, as you go about your everyday work responsibilities, that you could buy a GPS device to guide your actions step by step?
3. Can you think of any times when you felt you had clearly received “guidance from on high” regarding critical business decisions? Explain your answer.
4. If God can indeed provide practical, useful wisdom and direction for our careers, what might be some effective ways of obtaining that information from Him?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review some other passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses:
Psalm 23:1-4; Proverbs 16:1-3, 21:2; Isaiah 58:11; Luke 1:78-79; John 16:13
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