Cartwheels Down Grace Avenue

Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Proverbs 4: 25-26 Message

I’ve shared these verses before but they came to mind again as I did some reflecting during Day 2 of Margaret Feinberg’s 21 Days of Wonder Challenge.

Distractions in my life come in many forms.

I wonder how many hours I’ve spent venturing down the wrong paths or worrying about the opinions of those around me. Each time this happens in my life I know it can be attributed to one overriding choice… the choice to allow my heart to wander away from trusting God’s leading in my life.

My confidence, my security, my identity is found in Him alone.

I was reminded again this morning that there’s so much beauty in the power to make choices. As a Christ follower, having 24 hours access to the Holy Spirit is like having an internal GPS. My job is to keep the volume turned up so I can be guided in the right direction.

Some days my mind and my actions veer way off course and I have to stop and turn the volume back up. My heart must be reconfigured.  And, I love the fact that we can make this choice at any point along the journey. We are not stuck on a one way street without the ability to turn around.

No wrong turn is beyond His fixing.

That’s one thing I love about Grace Avenue.  It’s a wide and open freeway with countless opportunities to start the journey anew.

Today, I want my feet to stay firmly on the path He’s paved out for me.  I don’t want to waste my time trying to take shortcuts, or trying to walk down the path meant for someone else.

You can’t take my journey….and I can’t take yours.

Today, I want to trust that this unique journey, one that my Creator planned out just for me, will be filled with beauty and wonder.

Choosing to open my eyes.

Choosing to savor each step.



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