Getting Back on Track

In my last post, I told you the true story of a crazy train collision caused by a guy wanting to make a few bucks and put on a show. Except things went wrong and people got hurt. All because no one had thought ahead to what could go wrong. (If you missed that post, check it out here.)

That collision is a lot like life. So often we end up in tough situations because we didn’t think ahead to what could go wrong.

Maybe you’re in a situation right now that you could have avoided. Maybe it’s happened from a text you sent, a look you gave, or a friend you made. What do you do to get off that track that’s bound to deliver you to a crash and onto the right one? Let me tell you how I did it.

When I was in high school, I happened to make some friends who weren’t the best. What they chose to talk about and the lives they chose to lead weren’t headed in a great direction. Slowly but surely I became like them. The way I behaved, the language I used, and the direction I began to go in life started to shift. One day I looked up and realized that I’d drifted off course. Instead of leading a productive lifestyle and loving people like Jesus, I was wandering aimlessly. If I could have looked down the tracks of my life, I’m sure I would have seen a train wreck coming.

The Lord woke me up to the fact that I needed to get my life back in order. What grace! Here are three ways I found helpful to get off the wrong track and onto the right one. These can help you too if you’re wondering how to get back on track (or how to avoid getting off the track if you’re already headed in the right direction!).

1. Guard your friendships.

This was major for me. If I had selected my friends more carefully in the first place, I bet I wouldn’t have had a problem with my language and behavior. Scripture clearly warns us to pay close attention to whom we spend our time with.

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm (Prov. 13:20).

I wish I would have paid attention to this wisdom sooner! You become like the people you surround yourself with, so be picky when it comes to close friends.

2. Keep the light on.

The time I spent in my Bible during the few years I had these friends was minimal. I still went to church and was the “good Christian guy,” but I was really just going through the motions.

In Psalm 119:105, we’re told that the Word “is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” The Bible is so much more than a book! It works like a superpowered flashlight, showing us which steps we should (and shouldn’t) take.

How much better would life had been if I would have invested more time in reading the Bible? I can’t go back and change it, but I can invest time in my relationship with Jesus now. So can you.

3. Listen to your gut.

If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable about something, listen! I could have stayed out of so much trouble if I had just listened to my conscience.

Have you looked up recently and realized that you’re wandering off the path you want to travel? Is your conscience telling you to be careful of something or someone? If you have taken the wrong path, it’s not too late to turn around. You’ll never regret shifting toward the right one.

What’s been your greatest obstacle to staying on or getting back on the right path? I’d love to hear, and I know other readers would, too.

About Author

Beecher Proch

Beecher Proch calls the Hill Country of Texas home. When he’s not writing, performing with his three siblings in their band, or attempting to get a smile out of someone, you’ll probably find him working on a new entrepreneurial venture. Beecher is passionate about influencing the world for Christ’s Kingdom through stories, be that blogging, writing meaningful music, or going about it the old-fashioned way and taking a pen to the page.

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  • TLC

    Great post! Thanks!

  • Jenn D

    Great post! “Keep your light on” is something we all need to be more conscious of. There are so many ways we can quickly ruin our witness! Thank you for this 🙂

  • Hosaena Collins

    Great post!

  • chloe hughes

    I am going to be a senior in high school here in a couple of weeks, and let me just tell you high school has been tough. I started freshman year after losing a close friend to a heart attack, and that situation brought me close to Jesus. I struggled with feeling lonely in such a big school so sophomore year i turned to a guy that liked me to fulfill my need to feel wanted. That relationship turned out to be one of my greatest mistakes that will hurt me in every relationship I will ever have with a man because I crossed lines I never intended to and was abused by him. After we broke up I got closer to a group from church I had known all my life, and several months later started dating my best friend. Let me just tell you He was everything i had ever prayed for and wanted in a guy. I’m still in love with him but long story short we broke up after dating about 6 months. I turned to Jesus but after i lost all my friends because of divide due to our break up, I made other friends and like you, turned to things I shouldn’t have. I did it all. Now that God is restoring my relationships with old friends and teaching me soooo many things, but going back into school I’m scared to be faced with all the things i used to do and people I used to go out with. Thank you for these tips, I’m going to be clinging to His Word like its ALL I HAVE, because honestly, it is. I’m praying that these posts keep changing lives and being an encouragement to Jesus lovers every day. Thank you all for what you do 🙂