A few years ago when I moved my youngest daughter, Ally, from one part of Los Angeles to her new apartment in the Fashion District, we had to learn an entirely different part of the city. While our everyday exploring was fun, we neither one have a very good sense of direction, and at times we became quite lost. But you know what always helped us find our way back to Ally’s apartment complex?
Well, not Jesus exactly but a large illuminated “Jesus Saves” sign that is situated near her new apartment. Whenever we found ourselves a bit turned around, we’d just look up, and immediately we knew our way home.
One night as we were following the brightly-illuminated “Jesus Saves” sign home, I couldn’t help but think how much it paralleled my own life. Any time I have lost my way, all I’ve had to do is look up and find Jesus.
He is my compass.
Whenever I need answers, I go to His Word. Whenever I need encouragement, I turn to Him in prayer. Whenever I need guidance, I simply look up. Jesus has always been and will always be the One who guides me when I’m unsure which way to go; the One who loves me when I feel unlovable; the One who encourages me when I am questioning my choices; and the One who promises to never leave me, nor forsake me.
He is the One.
Is He the One in your life? If you’ve never given your life to Jesus, it’s not too late. You don’t have to be at an altar in an ornately-decorated church to make Jesus the Lord of your life. You don’t have to have a priest or a minister present. All you have to do is pray this simple prayer: “Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus, and I ask you to forgive me of my sins and fill me up with Your love. I believe Jesus died for my sins that I might have eternal life, and I am so grateful. Today, I give my life to You. Be my compass, Lord. I love you. Amen.”
If you just prayed this prayer, let me be the first to welcome you into the Family of God. I also want to encourage you to tell someone about your decision today and find a local church to plug into and be a part of. Begin reading the Bible every day, and spend time praying daily, too. Get ready! This journey of faith is exciting! And, remember, if you get lost—just look up.