Do you know where you are going?
I'll go ahead and admit it. I'm directionally challenged.
I get lost in the city that I was born and raised in. And don't worry, my ego isn't so big that I can't ask for directions. Generally speaking, people like to come to me for advice, but when people stop and ask me for directions, I always spare the person and tell them to find someone that won't have them driving in circles for the next 3 hours. Seriously, when it comes to me giving directions, just think of the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy asks the Scarecrow for directions to see the wizard...
Yes, it is that bad.
There is something to be said about a person that knows where they are going isn't there? They have a final destination in mind ... great men and women often have this characteristic. The Rev. Billy Graham is one of them. Below, I share a powerful story highlighting this quality.
Billy Graham is in his 90's and suffers from Parkinson's disease. In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina asked Billy Graham to a luncheon in his honor. Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation, but Charlotte leaders said, "We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you." So he agreed. After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, said:
I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, he reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there. He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.
The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.' Einstein nodded appreciatively.
The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.
The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one. Einstein looked at him and said, "Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.''
Having said that Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I'm wearing?
It's a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion.
You know what that occasion is?
This is the suit in which I'll be buried.
But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing." I want you to remember this:
-I not only know who I am.
-I also know where I'm going.