Aug 25 2017

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When admitting we’re lost is the hardest step

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is guide. I cannot but think of the Holy Spirit, except that he is a big “G” Guide. Always big when I think of him. But, if I’m honest, I don’t always go to him as my first option. Where’d I get this idea that I can figure it out all on my own? As I get older, I’m learning to go to him first.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 14:26

When admitting we're lost is the hardest stepWhen admitting we’re lost is the hardest step


Have you ever been lost but didn’t want to admit it yet? I’ve been there loads of times. Maybe even today…most certainly, today. Lost in what I should do next. Lost even in my inmost thoughts and feelings. Lost, because I can easily feel crushed by the weight of my insecurities and don’t know quite what to do with the reality that I don’t have it all together—and now it’s staring me in the face.

But admitting I’m lost is harder for me. I redouble my efforts and find a new path, hoping I’ll figure it out and make my way without anyone knowing I was not so secure. If I don’t solve it, and after a lot of effort, I eventually accept my defeat and ask for help.

I don’t like to do that. Because once I’ve put up my surrender flag, I feel less-than. While the world around me might see me as normal, I’m feeling defeated.

I could do better if I’d succumb to the truth that everyone gets lost at least once. And most of us are on one learning curve or another. We all need a guide to help us get from our muddled mess toward what is good. Muddled, yes that’s what our days can be without guidance.


The Holy Spirit as Guide

When I go to God first as my Guide, I admit I’m lost. Really, that’s all I need. It’s the big pill of pride I swallow because afterward, it gets easier. In humility, I’m not still trying to be smarter and stronger than I am. I’m just me. Limited. Often weak. Broken. But in Christ, I have access to unlimited wisdom simply by asking for it. In Christ, I have an unending reservoir of whatever I need. When I ask, I’m not asking a stingy miser. I’m asking the One who delights in giving good gifts to his children. That’s me.

And that’s you, too.

If you’re like me, and you get tripped up over that ol’ I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing reality, you have a good, good Guide ready to take your hand. He’s ready to guide you along a right path.


He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths,

bringing honor to his name.

Psalms 23:3

He knows we get lost. We’re like sheep. The Shepherd ready to guide us.

Do you have a hard time admitting you’re lost?

Maybe you don’t have difficulty asking for driving directions, but do you struggle with another area? What area of your life is hardest for you to admit being lost?



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  1. Karen

    While I was reading your post I kept thinking, been there done that. Today actually. It seems I am always lost and seeking guidance. Thanks for posting. FMF #63.

    1. Cheryl

      The best part of being lost and seeking guidance is that we’re properly positioned to receive God’s best.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Janet

    Another wonderful food for thought,
    It would be wonderful if l could get my ladies to give your blog a try. I am not giving up, your writing is spot on look foreword to the next one.

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks for your encouragement.

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