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Flicking off the Autopilot Switch [devotion]

Flicking off the Autopilot Switch [devotion]

By Jasmine Green on August 05, 2013

You may have experienced this before: you’re going along on your journey to your destination, and then it strikes. Autopilot mode.

Before you know it, you’ve taken the wrong turn – or just missed the right turn – you’re heading in the wrong direction, and need to make a U-turn or a “scenic” detour to get back on track.

I fell victim to this last month.

I was driving to a friend’s house and had planned to take the freeway to get there quickly. The thing was, I rarely take that particular entry ramp onto the freeway. In fact, for several years, I took the opposite ramp, headed east, to drive to work.

As soon as entered the freeway, I realized I was headed east, instead of west, and couldn’t turn around for another 12 kms (7.5 miles).

Maybe it’s happened to you, too. You may have found yourself reading a book and realized that while you were reading the words and flicking the pages, you don’t even remember what was written.

It made me consider just how easy it is to slip into autopilot mode.

I’ve never come across anyone who has consciously said or thought “OK, time to switch into autopilot mode now”, yet it’s so easy to do.

My recent “scenic detour” became a clear reminder of Jesus’ instructions in Mark 13:33 to “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when [the Lord] will come.”

There have been times during my walk with God when I have been in autopilot mode. Doing the “typical” Christian things, and then at some point, I’ve wondered, “How did I get to this spot?” I’d taken the scenic route, and knew I needed to get back on track.

Flicking off the autopilot switch in our Christian walk enables us to live with incredible intentionality. So, are you ready to flick off the autopilot switch?

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Jasmine Green

Jasmine Green

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Jasmine is (in priority order) a follower of Jesus Christ, a Music Director at Riverlands Christian Church together with her husband James, a Worship Leader and lyricist for Australian praise and worship band Seeing Verity, and a dreamer with unscaled proportions.