That experience has made me think about how important it is to make sure we get our facts right before striking off on some task, journey or line of thought. If we have a faulty premise, it will lead us the wrong direction and we may never find what we are looking for. Even if the mistake is subtle, and sounds right (such as Stevens and Stephens), if it is a wrong direction, then it will lead us to frustration and may make us miss out on something special.
Examples are numerous:
If we are considering marriage, if we start out thinking, "If this does not work out, we can always get a divorce," that will impact how we handle conflict in our marriage. Such thinking leads us to a much different place than, "If this does not work out like we want it to, we are going to stick with it anyway and trust God to make it right."
If we are thinking about what college to go to, if we start out thinking, "Which school has the best recreational activities and coolest student groups," we will end up in a much different place than if we ask ourselves "Which school will best help me gain the training I need to achieve my career goal."
If we are struggling to think through a problem we are having, if we start out thinking, "I do not like how this issue makes me feel, so I am going to ignore it," we will most likely never overcome the issue. But if we start with "I do not like how this issue makes me feel, so I am going to find a way to overcome this issue," then we will eventually get to a place where the issue will no longer hinder us.
We could go on and on sharing examples. But I think the point is clear. We need to start off with right information and thinking so we can head the right way in life in order to end up in the place we are supposed to be. How do we find the right info? Do some research. Talk to people who have already been there. Ask lots of questions. PRAY and read the Bible for guidance! Yes, prayer still works. Yes, the Bible is still relevant for today. Much wisdom can be found through prayer and Bible study. The Psalmist David reminds us "The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation (Psalm 33:11). That is good advice that will point us in the right direction.
For more devotionals like this one, consider Touching the Footprints of Jesus.