Why You Need A Guide

August 24, 2012 — 23 Comments

You’re constantly going through new experiences, struggles, and trials. Sometimes you’ll feel fear, frustration, anxiousness.

You may know where you want to go but you don’t know the path. Ever been there?

Whitewater Rafting

Image by David Berkowitz

I have. Multiple times.

Not knowing what the path holds. The dangers. The pain. The frustration.

We never know what’s coming on the new paths that we’re taking.

But others have gone before us. They’ve blazed a trail. They know the way!

If you’ve ever been whitewater rafting, you know this to be true.

You’re ushered onto a raft and set off into the rushing river. But you’re not alone.

The guide is on the back of the raft. He’s been on the river multiple times. He knows it like the back of his hand.

There are shouts of “Paddle forward!”, “Paddle back!”, or “Duck!” If you fall out of the raft you’ll hear him shout to you the way to swim.

You better listen! He’s seen the hazards of the river and doesn’t want you to fall victim to the rushing rapids.

And this is the beauty of obtaining a guide.

I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.
— Little Richard

Your guide wants to get you to your destination safely. He wants you to arrive. And he wants you to enjoy the ride.

What do you need to look for in a guide?

  • He’s been in your shoes before: Ideally he’s ventured into the arena you’re entering. He was successful. He may have failed but in the end he was successful.

  • He’s been there recently: Conditions are rapidly changing. It’s best to find a guide who’s gone the path recently.

  • He’s someone you can listen to: If you can’t listen to the directions your guide is giving you, it does you no good. You must be willing and able to listen to the guide.

  • He’s willing to stick with you: Your guide needs to be committed to your success. When trouble comes, he can’t run and leave you by yourself.

Can you see the importance of having a guide? He will lead the way, give you direction, and help you when you’re stuck.

This will be a key to your success. Don’t dismiss the value of having a guide.

Like they say, you can learn more from a guide in one day than you can in three months fishing alone.
— Mario Lopez

Question: Who do you consider a guide in your life? If you don’t have a guide, why? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I don’t think I have ever thought about it that way, but there are certain authors and pastors that I consider guides.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Me too Larry. It’s easy to latch onto an author that’s had a huge impact on your life.

      Care to share one of those guides?

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        I haved read a lot of John Piper, John Maxwell and Ken Blanchard.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Piper’s a great guy. Did you know he’s retiring from his full time preaching ministry this year?

          • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

            Yes, I watched that closely. May be the best pastor/retirement transition I’ve seen.

  • http://www.michaelgholmes.com/ Mike Holmes

    Besides the Holy Spirit… lol?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I know, it can seem a little sacrilegious. But I feel there should be people in our lives that help direct us as well. In the Bible, Paul guided people into their faith. Just like that, we need to have people in our lives that can help guide us. 

      What do you think Mike?

  • http://undistractedchristian.com/ Tyler Hess

    Anyone else read this thinking A. C. Slater was about to call you “preppy” at the end of that line?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Haha, the good old Saved By The Bell days. Amazing to see what he’s gone on to do.

  • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

    God is my ultimate! But He instructs me through others as well, like my mentors. 
    Love that quote from Mario Lopez.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Ngina!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    What a great post. When finding a “guide” I look at their track record. If they have been or done what I want to do I know they will have the knowledge to counsel and encourage me.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That’s great Dan! Such a great way to look for guides.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Great post, Joe.

    I’ve had several guides along the way.  My dad has definitely been one of my life long guides.

  • jeff

    As much as I would like to have a guide in real life, I don’t.  I think my therapists have been my guides.  Otherwise, I usually want a guide that I’d befriend in the first place, and because most of the guides I might have wanted aren’t my ideas of what a friend might look like, I don’t have them.

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