Life at Its Best: Follow path of faith

By Jim Graff

When my wife and I take a road trip, I've discovered that I'm much more concerned about getting to our destination than she is. I have my cruise control set, my GPS on, and I know the exact time we should arrive at our destination.

My wife, on the other hand, isn't focused on when we arrive. She'd rather stop at the antique stores in the town squares and at the quaint little coffee shops along the way.

What I consider a distraction, she considers "enjoying the journey." After 26 years of marriage, we've had to compromise to make these trips fun for both of us, and I'm pretty certain I'm not the only man who's been in this dilemma.

However, getting distracted on a road trip is not nearly as big a deal as getting distracted from God's path for our life. Getting off his path will not only limit our success, but it will limit the satisfaction he's intended for us to experience in life.

That's why Ephesians 5:17 tells us, "Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is." There's a foolish path and a faith path, one that leads us away from God's best and one that leads us toward it.

How do we wind up on that foolish path? God's word tells us it's by listening to voices that talk us into wrong choices - and sometimes, it's our voice and other times, it's the voice of those around us.

I remember in the mid '90s when God began dealing with me about building a new sanctuary. We were having several services in our present sanctuary and definitely needed more space.

I knew we didn't have enough money in our account to build a new building, but still I sensed God talking to me about moving forward with it. So I met with a couple of different bankers in town to try to get a loan for the building, but because of the size of the building, none of them wanted to give me a loan.

I was beginning to get a little discouraged and wondered if I was listening to the right voice. I called my father-in-law, a seasoned pastor who often helped me to see things more clearly.

He reminded me that a lot of prayer had gone into this decision and that ultimately it's God who tells preachers how big to build churches - not bankers. He encouraged me to keep moving on God's plan. We did, and with God's help, we not only completed our new sanctuary, but paid it off within five years.

We have to decide in every season to follow God's voice in our life and not get distracted by the voices around us. Psalm 139 tells us that every day of our life was written in God's book before one of them came to be.

God knows our path better than anyone else. Let's stay tuned to him and see what he can accomplish through our life.

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. www.faithfamilyvictoria.com.