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"As I gave up steering my own ship, I watched God miraculously open doors I had no business walking through; doors that I never could have opened on my own. "

  • Writer's pictureDenise Grace Gitsham

THE SHORTCUT


 

The Shortcut


I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for the fastest way to get from point A to point B. I love a good shortcut, and have zero patience for added steps or meandering paths. I don’t want to stop and smell the roses, admire the scenery, or rest. I just want to get where I’m going, and quickly at that.


This excerpt from Jesus Calling caught my attention, because it fits in perfectly with


my M.O. If there’s a more direct way to get between two points, then sign me up ... like, yesterday.


The catch is, going the way of Jesus - that is, trusting him step by step - requires me to give up my own plans and devices. There’s no map or multi-step plan I can follow when I choose to put my trust Him. All I can do is put my everything, including where I think I'm going, and how, in His hands. He’s going to have His way whether I do or don’t, so it makes sense for me to submit to Him on the front end. That way, I don’t have to waste time and energy backtracking or starting all over.


Giving up the illusion of control, and not having a backup plan for my backup plan, is beyond counterintuitive for a Type A(+) like me. I fight the urge to chart my own path every single day, especially when I’m hard at work in Washington DC, which is where I’ll be all week. DC is a place where everyone is plotting, planning, and devising their next steps on the path to world domination. I fit in perfectly, which is why internalizing this lesson is extra important for me.


Jesus’ ways are always counterintuitive to the world’s, but they work better than anything we could ever devise on our own. Submitting our paths and plans to Him puts us on a superhighway to where we’re ultimately headed. So if you’re as tired of flying blind as I am - which is true even when we think we know where we're going - I humbly suggest you give His way a try. The only thing I can promise is that He never, ever disappoints, and you'll be in for the adventure of a lifetime.

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