I am directionally challenged. There - I admitted it. All the women in the world can now feel a small amount of vindication. Partially, I have to admit that because everyone who travelled with me to Romania experienced my lousy sense of direction. “Stephen, are we lost?” became a common refrain as we wandered through various airports and around the historic streets of Sighişoara this week. My reply was and will always remain the same: “I’m never lost, I’m always searching.”

The good news for the Romania team was that we had a great resource in Mr. Google to help us find our way when our guides weren’t with us. The Good News for everyone of us is that we have a spiritual guide that has implanted in us a moral compass that points us toward God’s guiding principles in Holy Scripture. For that reason, I can say that I’m always searching. We are ALL searching, but in Christ we have the right directions. 

I was thinking on our plane ride back about those who helped me find the directions that guide my life. Chief amongst those was my first spiritual hero - my mother. Long ago, my mom wrote in the front page of my Bible: “Either this book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.” I have found that to be true throughout my life. No matter what has happened or how wandering lost I may be, because of God’s Word I’m always searching for greater righteousness granted only through His Spirit. 

I thank God for my mother who taught me about her Savior, who in turn became my Savior - Jesus Christ. This Sunday, we celebrate Mother’s Day as we honor those biological and spiritual mothers who point us in the right direction. I look forward to seeing you there!

Expecting His Best,

Stephen V. Allen