I am sure most of us are familiar with navigation as we travel in our cars, take a boat out on the water, or prior to making changes in our lives. It is always wise and advisable to investigate where you are going, how you will get there, make a plan, and then execute the plan. Proper navigation helps us get from point A to point B. My pastor, Dr. Mark Forest used this saying today in his sermon and it inspired this post.

As we have all been traveling down new roads during the shutdown, we have most likely experienced new adventures, some roadblocks, and some twists and turns. No doubt, it has been an interesting journey. Yet here we are today. Many have used this time to make changes in their personal and also professional lives. Either of these requires good planning in order to execute properly.

When you take the time to investigate before you navigate, you are more likely to discover success.


  1. Where do you desire to go? What do you wish to achieve? Understanding the end goal is a good place to start. Write down your thoughts as you begin to nail down these questions. God may be nudging you right now to get out of your comfort zone!
  2. How will you get there? Once you know the end game, mapping out how you will do this is essential. What tools will you need? Education? Assistance? Skills? We know that God is a planner. He is not a God of chaos but a God of precision.
  3. Planning and investigating is the only way to ensure your road map will actually get you to your goal. A good plan takes time, looking at all angles, and understanding the course. Go to God in prayer with your plan. He will help guide your plans. Jeremiah 29:11.
  4. Execution is the final step. Great planning only goes so far. Once your plan is set, now is the time to step out in faith that you are ready.

Is it time for you to make a change, seek new horizons, or take on a new challenge? If so, start the process and investigate before you navigate! Get going!