There’s nothing like driving on an open road that has just recently been paved or taking a boat out on a lake. You know what that’s like, right? That smooth feeling of gliding along is awesome. Then all of the sudden BUMP. What was that? Hands grip the wheel a little tighter; we sit up straighter and our eyes focus straight ahead.
When things are running smoothly, we relax. Don’t get me wrong, everyone should have a little rest and relaxation. After all, we’ve worked really hard to get here. But you should be aware that there will be bumps in the road as you cruise along.
Sure it’s easy to steer around the bumps when you see them coming, but that’s not always the case. What if you’re on a bumpy road, then you’ve got a few choices to make. You can take the first side street or exit and look for a smoother road to travel. It may take you a little bit longer, but you readjust your GPS and eventually arrive at your destination.
Sometimes there is no exit and you have to ride it out. That’s when you grip the wheel a little tighter; sit up and focus straight ahead. You’ll eventually arrive at your destination, you maybe a little shook up and worn, but you’ll get there.
We try to keep the roads that are highly travelled in good shape. We fill the potholes and resurface every so many years. This is great for the majority of people getting from here to there. However, if you want to lead, sometimes you have to take the road that is a little less traveled. Maybe even create your own road. If that’s the road you choose to take, know that there will be bumps, potholes and even some detours. This is what will make your trip an adventure.
So grab hold of the wheel, keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the ride.
Mike Klockenbrink is chief of staff at Lakeside Church, Folsom, CA. [ www.lakesidechurch.com]