We all fall victim to the drift occasionally. It happens quietly in the background of our busy and distracted lives. Before we realize it we were not where we want to be and are unsure how we got there.
What happens with many New Year’s resolutions and those mindlessly playing in the water at the beach happens also to us in our daily lives.
We start off with the best of intentions, but if we are not mindful we drift.
For example, we know God has called us to become better men – men who can offer our strength to bring more life and goodness into the world.
However, we often unintentionally set aside this calling as we focus on any and everything else – the latest movie, our next paycheck, or even making our wives happy.
In time, while busy doing many other, even good things, we are no closer to becoming the men God has called us to be. In fact, we may even wonder why our anger and resentment is growing more and more intense.
Without realizing it, we’ve drifted.
The problem is not what we are focusing on per se, but rather that we’ve lost sight of our divine bearings – the ultimate direction that God has called us to.
To stay on course we must find and keep our eye on established markers – our lighthouse.
These may be set rhythms we engage in or check-ins with trusted others.
For instance, reading or listening to relevant podcasts can saturate us in truths that keep our minds from drifting into soul-numbing areas.
Likewise, having regular and intentional conversations with other respected men or a coach can also keep us on track toward becoming the best version of ourselves.
Find your markers and don’t drift. Stay focused on the man God has called you to be.