I work as an aide for the disabled and the elderly. I love my job. I get to help people in real and tangible ways every day. The other day I was chatting with one of my clients, and she was pleasantly chatting back. She was in her wheelchair, and I was standing off to the side of her.
I didn’t mind spending the time talking to her, but I work on a pretty tight schedule. I go from place to place throughout the community, and I really do need to stay on task. I kept trying to use my body language as a gesture to encourage her to follow me into the other room so that we could work and talk at the same time.
I didn’t want to be rude and so I kept leaning myself into a forward motion and still she sat there. I needed to take the situation under control. “We can talk while you shower.” I finally spoke out loud as time was quickly passing and we had a lot to accomplish in our designated hour. My client looked at me and smiled kindly.
“The bathroom is that way.” She pointed to the doorway that she had been sitting right in front of so patiently while I tried to coax her in the wrong direction. I have to wonder how many times we think that we are leading someone to draw closer to the Lord when we ourselves are going in the wrong direction.
In our daily walk with the Lord, we need to be careful that we are not trying to wander off in the wrong direction and that we are not trying to lead anyone else astray either. The only way that we can be certain of which way to go is by following the expressed Word of God. Only then can we be confident that we are going in the right direction. We need to be certain to follow our leader, Jesus Christ. Only then will we be fit to lead others.
“See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
– Proverbs 139:24 (NIV)
“Lord, I ask that You be my strength and my guide. Please help me to live pleasing to You that I may lead others in a plain and right path. I ask for Your direction as I…”