Drifting Costs: Are You Misaligned?

Over the past month, gas prices have skyrocketed. This surge has caused many of us to make quite a few adjustments to our plans and habits. I drive an SUV because I haul young men around and take trips with my family. My truck also provides me with adequate room to accommodate being 6’3”. I love my SUV, but when I went to the gas station and looked at the price after filling it up, my interest in electric cars was peaked. LOL!!!

So, I went home that night and began researching the different ones on the market. The one that has always caught my eyes has been the Tesla Model S. It has excellent features, enough space for me + three, and the savings over time would be fantastic. What was fascinating to me is that the car has no system to inform the driver if it’s out of alignment despite all the bells and whistles. Think about that for a moment. The vehicle can drive itself but lacks the technology to know if it is out of alignment. Like my SUV, the only way to know that you are misaligned is when you drive and begin to drift to the left or right. I read an article that stated that misalignment could adversely affect how a vehicle brakes and handles, compromising safety on the road. Tire drag from misaligned wheels could also result in the vehicle consuming more fuel. Misalignment costs!

Several days after researching electric cars, I was reflecting about being misaligned. What is the cost of misalignment in our work of training, advising, and resourcing leaders? It’s simple; the cost is High.

I have a saying, “We only do with others what’s been or being done in us.” In other words, if I am drifting in my time with the Lord, time with my spouse, time with family and friends, time to rest, and time to exercise…I am misaligned. I may look, sound, and serve like I am in alignment, but time in service to others will let me know if I am drifting.

It’s your turn, PAUSE, and ask yourself: How have I spent my time? Am I drifting?

If you are misaligned, I have good news. Back in antiquity, a group of disciples in Ephesus were dealing with drifting/misalignment. The Apostle Paul recognized this and offered some great advice in Ephesians 5.

8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord…15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

Before becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, the people in Ephesus were drifters or misaligned because they were full of darkness. But thanks to the work of the cross and The Resurrection, they became filled with light, and their lives are aligned. Yet, they must be determined and thoughtful to do what the Lord would have for them to do to remain aligned. He admonishes them to make the most of every opportunity in verse sixteen. He goes on to say make the most of their time with the Lord, time with their spouses, time with family and friends, time in rest, and time in exercise. REMAIN ALIGNED!

I am grateful that my research of the Tesla S caused me to slow down for an alignment. As leaders, parents, grandparents, and friends it is imperative that we are pausing to determine if we are drifting or misaligned.

Our vision for our world is to be just society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. To realize this vision, it will take a group of people remaining aligned and helping others to stop drifting.

Remember, “We only do with others what’s been or being done in us.”

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