The Disciple’s Journey

A Lifelong Process of Coming Home

A few weeks ago, while I was in Los Angeles, I attended STORY Gathering’s Wonder Workshop with Brad Montague (Creator of Kid President). He spoke about each of us having a True North, or, as author Bill George described it, “your orienting point — your fixed point in a spinning world — that helps you stay on track as a leader.”

However, I’d venture to say that having a True North isn’t only for the person who has aspirations of being a leader; it’s for anybody who wants to live a life full of meaning and purpose.

For me, my True North, or the direction that I’m continually headed in, is looking and loving like Jesus. As I pursue that destination, there is a purification process that I must go through — and that I’m currently going through.

In all the ways I don’t look and love like Jesus, I naturally lead myself into places where I have nothing left but to learn that who I currently am doesn’t align with who I want to be.

In Jesus’ Prodigal Son story, the son goes searching for a life that he believed couldn’t be found at home with his father. The consequences of that searching, like being left with nothing and having to eat pigs’ food, stemmed from the fact that everything he could ever want or need was back at home.

This adventure towards reaching our True North is a lifelong process of:

  1. Searching
  2. Failing
  3. Coming to our senses
  4. Retracing our steps
  5. Returning home

This is the disciple’s journey. It’s not a perfect life, but, regardless of where you stand in your faith, we’re all searching for ways to reach our True North and, oftentimes, we’re going to have to go in the wrong direction so we can realize it’s not the right path.

I think about King David who slept with one of his soldiers’ wives and then had that soldier killed — yet God still called him, “A man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22).

How could God say this? Because David knew his True North:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.”
(Psalm 139:23–24)

Despite David’s shortcomings, he remained on the disciple’s journey; he still kept his sights set on God. And thankfully God kept His sights set on David.

What is your True North? What is your heart’s deepest desire?

You won’t reach your True North overnight, but, with every cycle through the disciple’s journey, you’ll uncover more of the beauty of who you are and where you’re headed.