What To Do When Your GPS Has A Nervous Breakdown

A few years ago, my mom gave me a GPS for my birthday to help me overcome my severe navigational impairment. Though I try to argue that I’m impaired from all the distractions that are thrown my way while driving—racing mind, calls, talk radio, billboards, etc.,—my wife, Deborah, is simply not convinced.

She is seriously mystified by my no-drive tendencies and doesn’t miss an opportunity to bust on me! How is it possible to get lost because you’ve missed the exit to your home on the same route you’ve taken everyday for nearly 9 years? How in the world does this happen?!?!?

The mystery is wrapped up in her observation of my uncanny ability to track with hundreds of details, convos and projects, yet, get lost on my way to the same restaurant we frequent. What’s up with that?

So, back to the GPS. On a recent trip with my family, the GPS hyperventilated and went into spastic convulsions. It started taking us in circles and we eventually caught on to it’s diabolical tactics (it obviously hadn’t been updated in a while).

At that moment, Deborah said, “Why does this thing keep doing this?” My 5 year old son then chimed in and declared, “Maybe it’s having a nervous breakdown!” It was just one of those moments, and we laughed our heads off. It was good comic relief considering how maddening getting lost can be!

There are times in your church or ministry when you feel like your plans have gone haywire, your wires have been crossed and chaos has jumped all over you. You may even feel like your church or ministry is having a metaphorical nervous breakdown.

Here are a few suggestions for staying sane when it happens:

  1. Remember that it’s probably not as bad as it feels or seems at the moment. II Corinthians 4:17-18
  2. Focus on keeping your relationships healthy and the rest will take care of itself.
  3. If necessary, punch in an alternate route. The Spirit of God may be trying to redirect.
  4. Don’t panic (Philippians 4:6). Once you’ve survived it, it’s still possible that you will come out unscathed.
  5. Like updating firmware or software on your GPS device, make sure you are connected to the Father and His plan for you and your ministry.
  6. When all else fails, break out the sledge hammer and smash your GPS into a million pieces. Note: Recommended only in private so your neighbors don’t feel compelled to call the authorities. ;)

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