The Real Time Map


Hello friend!

What’s more exciting than adventure?

I’ve always dreamed of travelling around the world, learning new things, and touching lives in little but significant ways since I was small. But I grew up to realize that it’s not that simple to just pack up for a trip and fly to someplace. There are processes to be followed, connections to be made and paths to tread for adventure to be meaningful and significant.

Plus, there are bills to pay!

Nevertheless, adventure runs in my blood, and step by step, I will explore the extent to which I desire and have been sent.

Actually, life itself is an adventure.

Each day, you are thrown into a path that you’ve never tread before – new people that form the core characters in your unfolding story and new challenges that surface. Each season of life is an uncharted terrain – filled with fresh possibilities untapped.

As much as I like adventure, I still get nervous at new things.

Like, going to live in a new environment entirely different from that which I have been immersed in for more than twenty years.

It wouldn’t have been much of a problem if I wanted to live in obscurity, never trying new things, never living on purpose, never touching lives.

But that is not what I want. I want to engage this culture, and shape out a dimension of living, test it and model it to young people, in Nigeria and all over the world – the life of fullness and fulfillment with God despite the pervasive pressure towards emptiness and mediocrity.

I really do understand now, how it is difficult to go against the grain, but I am learning each day, one step of faith at a time.

Living in a new country, especially in a “developed world” means knowing how things are done – learning the language and culture, how to use the technology, finding a home and setting your compass towards your reason for moving, maybe getting a job or continuing your education or joining that band!

And it also means moving around!

If you need to go about a place where you have never lived before, how will you navigate?

Use a GPS, right?


It’s not rocket science.

There are new states, cities, street names you have to get used to. And that is where a GPS – the “real time” map comes in handy so I don’t miss my way.

I remember the first few weeks of work.

Of course, you don’t get to know everywhere in few weeks. Or ever!

It was two days to Christmas. I woke up happy.

I was driving to work, engrossed in all the emotions associated with a holiday in a few days. As I drove to work that day, my mind was deciding what gifts to get my cousins, whether to buy an ugly sweater or not and other petty issues, you know.

Then I saw the orange fuel pump LED flashing on my dashboard.

Out of some oversight of sorts, I forgot to buy gas as I kept going to and from work.

The first natural reaction was to fidget – I was on an interstate highway and there were no gas stations in sight. But my apprehension was short-lived because I had a phone that had a GPS which I used to find the “nearest Gas station”, thanks to mobile data. Good thing about the GPS was, even when I took a wrong turn, by mistake, it automatically re-routed and prompted me to return to the right track.

After filling the tank and settled back on US 59 highway, those quiet unobtrusive teaching moments came in:

Life phases presents us with new challenges each day – at home, school, work and our relationships.  As we seek to move from the familiar and mundane to the uncharted and exciting, we always need a guide so we don’t miss our way, or get re-routed when we miss our way.

Engaging with the Bible is like using a GPS – a “real time” map for life.  Not only do we receive direction from the pages of God’s word, we also learn about God, ourselves, his promises to us and our responsibility to Him and the people in our world.

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. Psalms 119:105

More than how my GPS helps my navigating a new country, God’s word is much more effective and helpful for my sojourn through the phases of life.

Someone has called it “God’s Positioning System.” I agree. It directs you to the center of God’s will.

The GPS, frequently updated for accuracy, is effective for finding your way around the city. Whether for dire situations, like locating the nearest fuel station, emergency room or tire service, or everyday needs like the best sushi place in town, your GPS always come in handy.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Psalms 46:1

God wants to relate with you every-single-day, so, communing with Him by prayer and the Bible will give you a real time map for your daily activities as well as special situations. As you use a GPS for every day needs, you learn to master the special functions (like avoiding tollways, saving recently assessed locations) as well as the loopholes (options you don’t yet know how to use), then you can effectively respond when in difficult situations (like in an emergency).

Same goes with God’s word. My ability to use God’s word for daily needs will equip me with courage, and faith to be better reliant on God when difficult situations. I would have had a track record of successes, as well as recognize loopholes in my understanding.

And no matter how long you live in a city, you can never know everywhere. You always need a GPS. You must keep learning from God’s word throughout life!

But if you don’t have your GPS at hand, and by GPS I mean not the book behind your pillow or on the wonderful book stack on your shelf, but the word of God in your heart, in a bank where the Holy Spirit can bring up fresh inspiration and up-to-date guidance, “He is our present help in time of need” may not work for you.

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. Hebrews 4:12

Okay, the crux of this post is this:

One: Realize you need a GPS for life.

Two: There’s one free GPS available for you. It’s in God’s word. Always accurate – It’s never outdated. Take God’s word as true.

Three: Learn to use the GPS – by using it.

Four: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for life.



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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