CJ-024: Compass

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Compass

We each have our own worldview. It is shaped by our parents and family, experiences in education, our faith context, and how our close culture interprets the morays and ultimate destinations of life. This defines our grid for interpreting events around us, as well as closer to home in our own hearts and minds.

I wrote this essay in Curious Journey (page 97) to remind me that my internal compass is guided by my personal worldview as well as the principles which I have chosen, and then are adapted as the backdrop for my decision-making. For instance, through a series of years and experiences I have determined that I want to hold nothing that belongs to someone else. It is part of my compass. It keeps me honest, generous, and calculating about all of my neighbor and business interactions.

When our compass is undefined and not well thought-out our living challenges increase. And if we can place our lives in Creator context He becomes the Compass for our decisions and responses to life circumstances. David lived this way.

“You have taken account of my wanderings, put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; this I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise. In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? 

Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will give thank offerings to You. For You have delivered my soul from death, indeed my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before God in the light of the living.”  – Psalm 56:8-13

Here is a good compass song

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