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The Trajectory of your life

by on June 30, 2013

The Trajectory of your life

None of us knows how long we will live. There are many reminders of mortality.

Psalm 90 counsels us to number our days and apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Our life has a path – a trajectory if you will.

Trajectory is the word that describes the path of an object through space and time.

Throw a ball or shoot an arrow; both have trajectories

Factors involved:

  • Energy investment
  • Angle of launch
  • Inertia
  • Resistance: friction, air, shape of object
  • Interference; objects in the path, wind direction
  • Gravity; constant downward pull
  • Speed: initial, terminal,
  • Target – objective, direction

What is the trajectory of my life?

At 30-35 years of age I was impressed that one half of my life was lived. I contemplated the trajectory of my life. Where was my life going at that trajectory?

I sought counsel from wise and experienced persons. I was directed to College for training and then to teaching in Christian school and Bible Institute.

It was, in some way, a foolish decision.  The pay was not enough to support a growing family. And… it was hard work – harder than farming. And… the students did not always appreciate my efforts.

But… God had a plan.

God used my life to invest energy into the trajectories of many other lives.

What is the trajectory of your life?

Have you considered? Where do you want to be 5, 10, 30, or 50 years from now?

Like a ball or an arrow, your life has had energy investment.

  • There is a downward pull on your life.
  • Objects in the path will deflect you or attempt to disintegrate your life.
  • There will be resistance dragging you down.


Unlike a ball or an arrow, your life can change direction.

  • You can actually turn around –mid-air- so to speak, and go the other way
  • God is always waiting to re-infuse you with His will and His Word
  • The Holy Spirit is in the believer to make in-path direction changes
  • God’s word is available to the believer to give discernment at all times
  • Even if your life has fallen apart – God can put you back together again
  • The Holy Spirit overcomes gravity
  • The Holy Spirit defies gravity

What about your life? Is it going God’s way?

What about the trajectory of your relationships? Are they taking you God’s way?

What about your plans and dreams? Are they following God’s heart?

The Trajectory of Your Life

  • Gravity = flesh and sin
  • Obstacles = temptations and frustrations
  • Corrections = God’s work
  • Direction = God’s guidance
  • Energy = renewable to overcome gravity
  • Target = vision, long range view-to be effective at all ranges
  • Inertia = sustained by constant Bible study
  • Mid-course objective = to be expended for God and His Kingdom
  • Terminal objective = Eternal life


Where will the current trajectory of your life take you?

What corrections do you need to make to adjust that destination?

I want to die worn out and used up

  • Maximum trajectory
  • Maximum distance
  • Maximum effectiveness
  • Maximum energy expended

What about you?

  • Your life may be going wrong direction
  • You may be dragged down by the world, flesh, and the devil
  • You may be a broken arrow – fallen on the ground
  • That does not mean that your trajectory is finished
  • God can put the arrow of your life back together
  • God can put the arrow of your life back on track
  • God can guide the arrow of your life directly to His goal
  • God can change your direction if you allow Him

How to do that?

  • Choose a task that will absorb all your energy
  • Choose a task that is bigger than your self
  • Choose a task that is eternal
  • Choose to trust God
  • Choose  God

We do not look at the things which are seen,

But at the things which are not seen. For

The things which are seen are temporary, but

The things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4:18

 I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;

Though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved

II Corinthians 12:15

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