Stop and Get Your Bearings
I kept my bearings in Christ.
1 Corinthians 9:21, The Message
In his book on leadership, Robert K. Cooper credits his grandfather, Hugh Cooper, Sr., a minister and teacher, for the wisdom needed for success. One of the best lessons involved the practice of pausing amid the busyness of life to contemplate whether we’re proceeding the right way. “When my grandfather Cooper and I planted trees,” he wrote, “he would stop every half hour or so. Reaching into his pocket, he would take out a small compass he carried. I always knew what he would say next: ‘Robert, let’s stop and get our bearings.'”1
It’s not enough to be busy. We must make sure we’re keeping our bearings in Christ. As you go through the day, the month, and the year, remember to periodically pause to check your priorities and get your bearings. Take time to pray and ponder. Set aside time for Bible study and personal meditation. Pull over at rest stops. Pause often to remember who you are, where you’re going, and the God you’re serving.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul, each thought and each motive beneath His control.
William D. Longstaff
1Robert K. Cooper, The Other 90% (New York: Random House, 2001), 152.