You Have Arrived

“Congratulations! You have arrived!”

I always chuckle when my GPS navigation tells me this after a long road trip. “You have arrived!” It’s a statement meant to remind me that the GPS has successfully brought me to where I need to be. I guess the Congratulations should be for the GPS navigation and not me because it did all the hard work. But what does You have arrived mean for you in your personal, professional, and spiritual life? Is it a good thing? Let’s dive in.

It’s a tempting thought…to believe that I have arrived in any area of my life. If I have success personally, professionally, or spiritually, I have a tendency to believe that I’ve made it and that there is nothing more I need to learn. Just like the GPS navigation, if I have arrived, there is no further left to go.

I wish I could re-program my GPS navigation to provide a different announcement after a trip.

“Congratulations! You have arrived to this place. Don’t get too comfortable, there’s another trip coming up.”

That’s the message that I need to hear to keep me motivated to continue learning and growing.

Our personal, professional, and spiritual growth is a journey that we should continue to follow our entire lives. We should not be content to simply stop somewhere. When that happens, we will stagnate and this affects us in many different ways. We will grow lazy. We will stop innovating. We will lose our influence with our peers around us.

In 2nd Peter, 1:5-9, Peter writes to us:

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”

I have found myself here many times, learning the same lesson over and over again. I have not arrived and will not arrive this side of Heaven. I am reminded that I must continue to grow, learn, innovate, explore and try new things. Once I realize that arriving is a continuous journey, I can truly start my path of success.


David Hodges
Vice President of Engineering
Positive Alternative Radio

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