You could say that I am a “quote addict” because I literally have tens of thousands of quotes, quotations, phrases, song lyrics, and Bible verses that I have written down over the past thirty years. I hear them from sermons, messages, devotional thoughts, Christian music, Christian radio, or just from my own mind. That’s just the way I think. I am constantly writing thoughts down, or great bits of truth that my ears hear. One of my all-time favorite quotes is credited to Winston Churchill, and says, “I care not where a man is standing, but in which direction he is facing.” What a powerful truth!

For every single one of us, at one point in our lives, were sinners on our way to Hell, and were literally standing in the wrong place AND also facing in the wrong direction. Then God moved and worked in our heart and life and His Spirit drew us to Him and we were then standing in the wrong place, still in our sin, but now facing in the right direction. We had turned our back on sin, and turned our face to the Savior, as Pastor Rabon just said a week or two ago. Then as we learned more about the Bible, and read it more, got saved, and grew in our walk with the Lord more, we became Christians who were both standing in the right place AND facing the right direction AND even walking in the right direction.

Another quote I love says this, “You cannot START in the wrong place…HEAD in the wrong direction…but still end up at the RIGHT destination.” It simply means, that if you wanna get to California, from Raleigh, NC…you will hop onto I-40 WEST and not drive on I-40 EAST. Well, in life, the exact same principle applies. If you want to get from point A to Point B spiritually-speaking in your life, then make sure you are starting in the right place, facing the right way, and headed IN that direction, and that your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions indicate such.

The main Bible characters we all think about when considering this principle is whom? The story of Abraham and Lot, right? They were both standing in the right place originally, spiritually-speaking, but, in which direction was Lot facing? In which direction did Lot head towards? He allowed himself to be led by his eyes, same as Eve by the tree, same as King David on his rooftop, and what decision did they all make? A very bad one…the wrong one. Eve was standing in the wrong place, because she shouldn’t have even been around or near the tree. “Flee all appearance of evil,” right? Her husband even told her to not even TOUCH it. David, again same thing, standing in the wrong place on his rooftop and facing the wrong direction, towards Bathsheba. He wound up making the worst decision of his entire life that day. Then the Bible says of Lot:

“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, (facing the wrong direction) that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: (started in the wrong place) and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. (headed in the wrong direction) But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” Genesis 13:10-13

We all know what came after this horrendous decision in Lot’s life. We know the end of the story. We know Lot started in the wrong place, faced the wrong direction, headed his life in the wrong direction, and wound up at the wrong destination, didn’t he? He never wound up with a vibrant and thriving Christian walk with God, a wife who was submitted to her God and to her husband, or children who wanted to find, follow, and fulfill God’s will for their lives and serve Him with their whole hearts.

“I care not where a man is standing, but in which direction he is facing.” Churchill’s words ring true still today. Where are you and I standing? Where are we facing? What are we looking to or longing for on our life’s horizon, and in which direction are we headed? Allow God to lead, guide, and direct you. “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9  Are you facing the right direction today?