Who is your guide?

choose where to pich your tent

Where are you pitching your tent?

Whatever the area you are wanting to move forward in, being grounded in your source and following a guide are imperative.  Whether you are wanting to be a better leader, improve your family life, or grow your business or church it is important to discern what is your source? Who is your guide?  While having human mentors is highly valuable on your journey there is the ultimate guide, the creator of the universe who has gone before you and knows the best path for your life. Whether or not you follow his path is your choice, but I highly recommend it.  Below is an excerpt from a recent post by Mark Batterson.  I encourage you to evaluate your own life and discern where you are “Pitching your tent”.

Pitch Your Tent

“I will pitch my tent in the land of hope.”

I love The Message translation of Acts 2:26. I love the imagery because I just went camping with my boys last weekend. And I know that where you decide to pitch your tent is a critical decision. If you pitch it on unlevel ground or on rocks it’ll be a long night! You also need to make sure you’ve got all the tent pegs secured.

Here’s the question: Where are you pitching your tent?

Too often we pitch our tent in the land of frustration or the land of disappointment or the land of pride or the land of jealousy or the land of pity or the land of anger. We make our dwelling where we have no business being! We need to pitch our tent in the land of hope. That is where we need to hammer our tent pegs. Why? Because God is Sovereign. And He has good things in store for us! How? The promises of God are the tent pegs. And prayer is the hammer!

I can’t help but think of my hike on the Inca Trail. We had porters who pitched our tents for us. They would make us breakfast. Pack up our tents. Pass us on the trail. And get to our campsite before us. Lunch would already be made and our tents would already be pitched when we got to the campsite they skillfully selected. That is a picture of the Sovereignty of God isn’t it? Praise the God who pitches our tents!

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.”

– Douglas Adams quotes


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on September 20, 2010, in choices, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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