Finding Yourself In The Wrong Place

One of our ministry staff, Andrew Russell, told a humorous but poignant story.

It went something like this:

“Recently I ended up in the wrong place because I was distracted and I didn’t read the signs. I ended up in the ladies toilets at the Chadstone shopping centre.

I walked in and thought, “This is a clean toilet! And where are the urinals?”

And then I heard a lady’s voice. I realised I was in the ladies toilets!

I turned around to head straight out the door but then heard a group of young ladies coming in so I quickly darted into a cubicle and sat down.

Finally the room cleared and it was quiet so I opened the cubicle door and started heading out. But then I heard my little girl’s voices saying, “Dad, have you washed your hands?” My cleanliness was my downfall.

I quickly went to the sinks and washed my hands, hurriedly drying them but as I scurried out the door an older lady was walking in.

She looked at me, I looked at her and then just put my head down and walked straight out and straight to my car.

You see, I had all the right intentions but because I wasn’t paying attention and I didn’t read the signs I ended up in the wrong place.”

This can be true of us too. We can start out well in our faith. We have good intentions and we show passion in certain areas. But over time we get distracted. We lose our way and end up in the place we didn’t anticipate.

Take the time today to think about where you are. Is this where God would have you? Is this where you intended when you set out to worship God?

You may have been distracted but you don’t have to stay in that place. Be assured you can always head back to God, no matter where you find yourself.

Lord, You are the Way. May we always strive to follow You. Amen.

Are you where you ought to be?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.