Watch Your Drift

I will never forget one of the first times that I visited the ocean in Florida. I remember walking up the sandy path, climbing up the bank and seeing the powerful Atlantic ocean for my very first time. It was amazing! I did what most little kids do. I begged my mom to take me to the edge. She consented, but told me that I had to stay with my grandfather.

Together my grandfather and I walked to the edge of the ocean and put our feet in. After I got used to that, we went a little deeper and I had the time of my life. Eventually I looked back to wave to my mom, and to my shock, we had moved at least 50 feet! It scared me enough that I turned and told my grandfather that I was done and we got out. As we walked back to my mom and grandmother, I asked the obvious question; “Pop-pop, what happened? How did we move so far in just a few minutes?” His answer was “We drifted.”

Drifting. It happened without even realizing it.

As I have observed people, parents, and even organizations over these years, it has become painfully obvious that there is a tendency to spiritually drift, even without realizing it.

As dad of my three girls, I refuse for this to happen. I cannot and will not allow the drifting of culture to change the direction that God has for my life and the life of my family.

Drifting is a reality in the culture that we live in, but it doesn’t have to be a spiritual reality.

I have found that the best way to keep from drifting is to stay focused on Jesus. The author of Hebrews encourages us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

For your sake and the sake of your children, don’t drift spiritually.


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