Moral Compass

CompassInner sense of direction, purpose and meaning; basic guide for living

Conscience is a man’s compass. Vincent Van Gogh

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.  Aristotle

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius

   It is easier to go somewhere when we know the direction of our destination. If we have no destination in mind, then we are traveling blind and without purpose. The more uncertain and confused we are, the more likely it is we will have many hardships and mishaps. Too often we are stumbling along going randomly wherever life takes us. Having a moral compass is a way of going forward in a pre-determined direction.

    It is foolhardy to undertake long and difficult journeys without having such tools as a map, compass, “GPS”, and other items that increase the probability of a successful trip. The more difficult the journey the more critical it is to prepare. Life is a long and arduous journey with great potential for many hazards, mishaps and perils. There will be pot holes, pitfalls, roadblocks and detours. Being properly equipped can be the difference between a rich and rewarding journey versus one that is very unpleasant and miserable. We would not attempt building a house, remodel a room, prepare a special recipe, or perform a special project without some degree of preparation.

    Having a moral compass is a very critical success principle. Without it we are more like a leaf being blown about by the wind. Life is difficult and filled with tough decisions. It is hard to know what we should do in many situations. The wise among us have taken the time to try to establish what it is they believe in and stand for. By being prepared in this way, they better stay on course and make better decisions. This have laid the groundwork for a more rich and rewarding life. Life rewards or punishes us for the time and effort we put into to being prepared. It is an adaptation of the adage that says we end up getting what we pay for or what we deserve.

     Most of us do believe that life will be more meaningful if we have a purpose. It provides a framework and a way to monitor and measure the effort we put forth on a day to day basis. It is never too early or too late to put time and effort into being prepared. Those that have established and are using a moral compass will not only get more out of life, but are likely to have fewer bumps and bruises in the process.  

Challenge:

Have you established a moral compass that guides and directs your life? The more decisive, definitive and focused your answer, the more you are likely being guided by meaningful principles and guidelines. If you lack specificity in your answer, chances are you are lacking in this very important matter. It is worthy of your very best effort to ensure you develop a moral compass to guide and direct your life in a meaningful way.

Wisdom: No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. Herbert Spencer

Spiritual:(NIV)

His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Isaiah 28:26

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:10Those who are guided by a moral compass are those who have a conscience and purpose guiding them, holding them accountable, and keeping them focused. Those with no conscience or a weak conscience are likely struggling to have meaning, purpose and direction. It is advisable to finely tune our consciences by allowing God to guide and advise us. Our moral compass can be zeroed on the right direction our life should be headed.

Prayer: Help me to keep my moral compass turned on and to use it to keep me going in the right direction.

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