You’ve probably seen the recent release of the movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter. If you’re like me, you’re probably staying away, preferring to remember your favorite childhood fables as they were told to you in your youth, not wanting to tarnish the image with someone’s farfetched and potentially outlandish interpretation of it through “creative license.” However, just thinking back on the old tale from my youth, it brought back to my memory of some key points about following.
In life, we are often required to go down unfamiliar territory. Whether we’re being led by someone or we are on our own, it always helps to keep track of where you’ve been and where you’re headed. In the case of Hansel and Gretel, much of their life had revolved around staying close to their father, who would often go off in the woods gathering wood for their daily needs. At one point in the story, the children are abandoned in the woods, left to fend for themselves. The resourcefulness of the children to leave a trail of bread crumbs behind enabled them to find their way back home.
In our own daily lives, we are given a trail of bread crumbs to follow. Our ancestral lineage is somewhat of a trail that we can look back through history to discover who we are and how we became to be the people that we are. It can reveal to us why we do the things we do and have a propensity to do things in a certain way; sometimes contrary to what we may have seen in other members of our own family.
Following trails can help us to discover thing that we didn’t know were beyond our present scope of reality. When Louis and Clark set out to see what was out west, they had no trails, but they mapped everywhere they went. The men and women that followed the trails they left discovered not only the things that they said were there, but the opportunities to give themselves and their families a hope for a prosperous future.
Everywhere you look, if you look close enough, and long enough, you will find a trail that can make a difference in the direction that your life is going in. If you have the patience to follow it, and not deviate, even when you discover that you come to a fork in the road, the right trail will get you to a place of unimaginable blessings.
Every great leader leaves a marked trail for their followers to follow. Whether they are the leader of a nation, a corporation, a ministry or even a club, the best leader wants to make sure that there is something in place so that nothing is ever lost. Whether you have a bible, a biography, or even a GPS map, if you simply pay attention to each little nugget, they mark where you’ve been, where you are, and where you need to go to get there. Spend a little time each day reviewing the trail that is before you. When you follow that trail to its end, I guarantee you’ll find made the difference than if you had tried to find your way apart from it.
QUESTION: What do you find most helpful in following trails?