Have you ever gotten stranded?Many people have.I wish I could say that I have never gotten stranded on the side of the road, but that would be a lie. Vehicles are not perfect machines – they do break down.
I remember the time when I got stranded on my way to school.I had a 1984 Toyota Camry.That was my first car.The serpentine belt busted and the car could not go anywhere.Luckily, I was able to coast into a gas station and fix it.
Fast-forward thirty years and while on the highway in the city of Columbus, Ohio, our van with our four kids lost power.We, again, managed to cost down the exit ramp and stopped near a gas station.
Both times I managed to repair the vehicles.Both of them took over three hours to repair, trips to the auto parts store, and of course, a call to a relative or friend to rescue us; greasy hands and arms while working with your good clean clothes – not fun.
I have gotten stranded at other times but managed to fix the vehicles myself and keep on going.But for the average person this is not always feasible.What would you do if you got stranded on the side of the road?Recently, my friend’s son got stranded at a rest stop.The bad part was, he was about 5 hours away from home, with still 7 hours to go to his destination.That is a hard experience for a twenty five year old.
So what would you do?Here are some tips that I have learned that will help you make a wise decision if you get stranded: 1.Be sure to have a good address book on your phone.Everyone has a cell phone, but not everyone has the right numbers on their cell phones.In other words, be sure to have your mechanic’s phone number or a tow truck’s company on your address book.Furthermore, if you’re going far, try to get the numbers of friends or acquaintances as close as possible to the area where you will be traveling.You never know when you might need to call them for help.
2.Be sure to carry at least one blanket in the car and extra non-perishable food items in case you need to stay overnight and can’t get to a fast food restaurant.The frustration escalates when the stomach growls – you know.
3.Be sure to bring some tools with you.Sometimes motorists are willing to stop and help but many don’t carry tools in their cars with them.I always carry the necessary tools in the event that I need to fix something in my car.I’m familiar with the type of tools I need and always carry them with me – just in case.
4.Be sure to carry extra batteries or a portable phone charger in case you can’t use your car charger to charge your cell phone – very important.
5.Be sure to have an idea as to what to doin case your car breaks down.Watch some YouTube videos or ask a mechanic as to what you should do in the event something happens, like a blown tire, a dead battery, bad alternator, or whatever.Become familiarize with some basic things. It is the basic and little things that make the big difference.
Speaking of little things that make the big difference, how about when you get stranded on the side of the road of life?In other words, when dreams become broken; when a relationship is severed; the time when you get physically hurt and can’t go on to fulfill your dream sport or marry the person you always dreamed of marrying.Whatever it is – how do you deal with those “life stranded” moments?
We all experience disappointments in life that makes us feel like we can’t go one anymore.Often times feeling like throwing in the towel and forget about it.
Here are 5 basic things to do when stranded. I too have had major disappointments, setbacks and plain ole shut downs that have driven me to give up which stranded with a dead battery of life.But I didn’t! Here are a few things I’ve learned that have kept my motors going:
1.Be sure to give your problems to God.Seriously – make your down-time a matter of prayer.Believe that God will get you "un-stranded" and back on the road to your destiny once again.He is the best life mechanic in the entire universe.
2.Be sure to talk to someone.The worst thing to do is for us to become islands unto ourselves trying to figure out life all alone.Talk to someone you trust.If you don’t have a good friend you can trust, start looking for one.Look for somebody you think might be trustworthy and become friends with.You never know when you’ll be able to help that friend or when that friend will become an asset in your life. I have a couple of friends that are willing to help me out any time of the day.They are true confidants that will help me and council me.
3.Be sure to be honest – a person of character.I’m not assuming that you’re dishonest at times.I’m just making sure that you know that your character will either open or close doors for you.You character will determine if you are worthy to go the extra mile for or not.Believe it or not, people are busy and they want to give their lives and energy for those things (and people) that are worth sacrificing for.
4.Be sure to give.Be a giver.Give of your time, talents, skills, abilities and even finances.You don’t have to give a lot.But a giver is one who will also receive in due season.Realize that there is such a thing as the law of sowing and reaping.We always tell our kids: “everything you do in life is a seed, and it will certainly give you a harvest.” You see, there is a law that God set in motion called the law of sowing and reaping.In America we say it this way:“what goes around comes around.”The great Apostle Paul said:“a man reaps what he sows” Yeah, I know you are familiar with that!Remember that everything you do is a seed.Sow in such a way to enjoy your future harvest.
5.Be sure to learn from others.Be willing and open to learn from others – younger, older, and smarter or not than you.As Michael Hyatt puts it: “Sometimes all we need to overcome the resistance is a hand.” A strong person is he who is willing to learn while recognizing others' abilities and strengths.This is one of the major strengths of a good/strong leader.
These are just some basic and practical things to do in order to move on in life.In other words, you prepare ahead of time for those times when you get stranded – not only stuck – but stranded in your pursuit of life, happiness and the vision or calling for your life.
You have a destiny, but life has its bumps on the road, its potholes and detours that can slow us down to the point of going nowhere fast.Keep these practical principles in motion and your stranded experience will be a more pleasant one than a devastating one.
If you want to know more about the pursuit of your destiny, your vision and your calling, I’ve written a book, Discovering Your God-Given Vision that will help you navigate through some of those dark times in your vision pursuit.If you’re stranded, don’t dismay – help in on the way.
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I also wonder what kind of “stranded” experiences you’ve had and how you dealt with them – whether car problems, or life problems.Feel free to leave a comment.