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You are Here

If you ever tried to find your way around a mall or an amusement park, you might have discovered one of those useful vertical maps with a drawing of stores or amusement park attractions and a helpful circle or arrow informing you that “you are here.” Once you found your current location, you could easily find your way to your next desired destination, whether it was the food court in the mall, a shoe store, or your favorite rollercoaster.

Perhaps we can find a useful analogy for life from the “You are Here” symbol on the map of stores. To find how to get to where you would like to go next, you need to know where you are. To locate where you are on the map, it helps to know where you have traveled before reaching this point. In life, “you are here” represents a moment in time as well as a location in space.

Feeling energized and successful? You are here thanks to the hard work and sacrifices made by you and others to get you to this point. Learn from what has worked so well in the past, add new knowledge, and move confidently towards the next location on the map of life.

Feeling discouraged, betrayed, or disappointed? You are here thanks to choices made by you and other influential people in your life. You are here, but you do not need to stay here. Find your desired location. Figure out how you became lost until you found this map. A desirable location in life is waiting for you.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) A helpful map is available to guide you on your journey. Find out where you are and then locate where you desire to be.


Christina M. H. Powell PhD

Dr. Christina M. H. Powell, PhD works in the pharmaceutical industry and is also an ordained Assemblies of God minister and public speaker. She trained as a biomedical research scientist at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry is from Penn State University.

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