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“If you start wrong, you’ll end wrong”

The car crawled down the road as we looked for a specific street. Realizing we’d gone too far, we made a U-turn and retraced our steps. En route back we kept watching for Mar Vista, where the computer directions told us to turn. Were we missing it? Was the street sign hiding behind a tree?

Not understanding how we could have missed these clear directions, we turned around once more, squinting at every sign, looking left and right, around every corner. Nope. Wasn’t there.

Hmmph … I pulled out my cell phone maps, but had no signal. Farther down the road I saw the map was now showing on my cell. We pulled over to the curb and I entered the street name. We were told to “turn left on x” (right where we had stopped), and then left again onto Mar Vista. Not only did Mar Vista never cross Clubhouse, it paralleled it! The computer map completely missed any of the streets that connected Clubhouse with Mar Vista. So how would we ever have found the location had we not had another source to check besides those internet directions?

Friends have relied on their GPS to get to our home. We’re really quite easy to find. Two turns off Highway 17 and you’re here. However, those who have followed their GPS have gotten seriously offtrack and been lost in the hills. When your directions are wrong, you get lost!

A speaker once said he was excited about speaking in the chapel of his alma mater. He worked hard on his talk, laid out his clothes the night before, showered, shaved and dressed carefully. He wanted to represent the university well.



Throughout his speech, the students appeared riveted. They watched his every move.

“I’m really knocking this out of the ballpark!” flitted through his mind.

As he neared the conclusion of his talk, the speaker happened to look down … and stopped short. He saw his vest, off kilter. The  first buttonhole held the second button.

Looking up, he spoke. “If you remember nothing else from my talk today, remember this. If you start wrong, you’ll end wrong.”

What’s your starting point?

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105, NIV.


  1. Columba Smith says:

    Good to remember! When I take time to connect with God in the morning, I have a reference point for the rest of the day. That’s my starting point. When I get off-track, it’s good to know I can always stop and ask God for help. He is faithful. Great post!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thanks, Columba. Sometimes we need to stop and reset, don’t we.

  2. MarJean Peters says:

    Really good thoughts, Carol, and a beautiful blog sight. Thank you for notifying me. Loved the illustration picture which will help me to remember the point. How thankful I am for the Holy Spirit who comes along side us and for the mirror of the Word to show us when we’ve started on the wrong button!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Jeannie. I too am grateful for the mirror of the Word and the Holy Spirit who reminds me when I’m off track!!

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